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Side projects should be stupid

Tobias van Schneider, Spotify’s design lead, talks about the importance of side projects and how to make the most of them.
The core of the idea is to keep them simple and stupid for as long as possible, otherwise you tend to overcomplicate them and nothing gets done.

I use them as a vehicle for learning and starting new things at work and I currently have about 3 going on in parallel (2 based on the Arduino platform, one building on top of Spark).

success also comes in the form of learning new things, meeting the right people, feeling personally fulfilled, he says. You don’t know what will happen next. Perhaps your side project will lead you to your next job, your spouse, or a sustainable living that gives you the freedom to keep exploring.

Why Side Projects Should Be Stupid