Eric Ries ponders the hacker's lament:
One of the most exhilarating things about a startup is that feeling of intense no-holds-barred execution. Especially in the early days, you're fighting for survival every day. Every day counts, every minute counts. Even if, in a previous life, you were a world expert in some functional specialty, like in-depth market research or scalable systems design, the compressed timeline of a startup makes it irrelevant. You get to figure things out from first principles all the time, experiment wildly, and invest heavily in what works. From the outside, it looks a lot like chaos. To a hacker, it looks a lot like heaven.