Hello, I’m Jason Yavorska and I’m the founding PM (and acting CEO) for Synura! On this page you can learn about my work style so we can work together well.
How and when to get my help
I’m here to build a great team and help us all be as effective as possible. This
summarizes how I think about this very nicely and I’d encourage you to read it
if you report to me. A few other things I can help with:
- What I’ll spend much of my time on is connecting dots, alignment, making sure
we collaborate efficiently, and otherwise building/hiring a great group of
- I can jump in and help if you’re feeling overloaded - I just need you to ask
(I most likely won’t show up to help uninvited).
- I tend to be good at unblocking, helping break down problems into iterations,
and generally helping move things forward.
In general, when working with me I always appreciate direct feedback so don’t
worry about upsetting me, and feel free to share bad news early. I’m also more
likely to be optimistic than not, with a plan that we’ll figure out what we need
to when we need to, so feel free to bring me back to reality. Finally, I tend to
debate different perspectives to solve problems, including playing “Devil’s
Advocate”. If that puts you off that’s fine—just tell me and we’ll use another
These are some of my favorite product principles.
- I love thinking about technology, processes, personalities, and efficiency,
but what drives me is what Marc Andreessen described as
the one thing that matters:
the journey of finding and growing product market fit.
- I like to follow the
reasonable person principle.
- I have learned that working on things
iteratively tends to
get the best results.
- Talking to customers in a way where they tell you the truth about what they
are willing to pay for is a subtle skill. This
book can help you learn to do that better.
- Organizations are like slime molds; this
ties into this
Twitter thread also
linked above on why alignment is so important.
My default approach to management is:
- Non-hierarchical: the best way to solve a conflict is by getting the people
together who have the problem, rather than finding a common manager of them
and having them make a decision. One exception is conflicts of prioritization
between teams, which I can help with.
- Servant leadership: I avoid making promises on your behalf, and allow you to
speak for yourself in your area. My role as your coach is to help you improve
your leadership, decision-making, and role-based skills, and to be someone to
bounce ideas off.
- Team-oriented: My main job is to create a great team, with great leaders, who
make great decisions and excel at their jobs. It’s not for me to build a team
of “assistants” who enable me to be able to know and do everything. That
doesn’t scale, is demotivating, and creates a single point of failure for the
company. Remember that I don’t expect perfection out of anyone, and I can help
you learn to do this well.
- No ego: I won’t defend a point to win an argument or double down on a mistake.
Honest, direct feedback is always welcome and is always available. It’s also
simply not possible to “step on my toes” at work: you can always come to me
with your thoughts and opinions and we’ll work together, without blame or
defensiveness, to handle them as best we can.
Enneagram type is The Enthusiast,
and my StrengthsFinder types are
Futuristic. For the
Insights personality test, I’m a “Creative Directing Motivator”. I tend to have
a creative and intuitive way of working, which works well with iteration. It
also means that I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and passion for the problems I am
working on and that I excel in unstructured, fast-moving environments. I’m
motivated by being appreciated and working on innovative solutions. A sample
motto for an expressive manager like me might be “I lean on the power of my
vision, and trust in my persuasive power.”