Check out this lessons learned presentation from Angellist Founding Engineer Joshua Slayton. Apparently Angellist has a culture with no managers, no schedules, no code reviews, no tests. Instead they focus on constant deployment, constant customer support and constant hiring. This presentation gives some insights into how and why they do it. Good advice.
Culture is the soul of every organization. Whether you plan it or not, culture will happen. So as a startup CEO this is one of the core things you want to get right.
HubSpot has published a “culture code”. They published it partly as “manifesto” and partly as “employee handbook”. It is absolutely worth checking out.
Here are some of the highlights from the HubSpot Culture Code:
- Culture is to recruiting as product is to marketing.
- Whether you like it or not, you’re going to have a culture. Why not make it one you love?
- Solve For The Customer — not just their happiness, but also their success.
- Bankrupt companies don’t delight their customers.
- Success comes through educating customers, not exploiting them.
- Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it.
- Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
- You shouldn’t penalize the many for the mistakes of the few.
- We don’t have pages of policies and procedures.
- Results should matter more than when or where they are produced.
- Influence should be independent of hierarchy.
- Great people want direction on where they’re going — not directions on how to get there.
- Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
- We’d rather be failing frequently than never trying.
If you are interested in changing the world or just how to be a better manager, this is a great presentation to get some brainfood. All in Jurgen Appelo style. 🙂
Here is a presentation I held a couple of days ago. It’s about product and business development based on the lean startup principles.
More background information for this talk you can find on my blog leanentrepreneur.com. If you have remarks or questions please share in the comments.
I just heard that Steve Jobs has passed away. Although I am not an Apple fanboy I truly admire and respect what Steve Jobs has done for the tech world, the web economy, the music industry, the phone industry, design thinking, usability, entrepreneurship, the startup community, leadership and so much more. Thank you Steve!
Here is probably the most remarkable speech by Steve Jobs, which gives great insights into his way of thinking. It is truly inspirational and an absolute must watch.
Here are some links relating to Steve Jobs that I posted in the last years:
- Great video portrait of Steve Jobs
- The secret of Steve Job’s success (by John Sculley, Apple’s ex-CEO)
- Clarity in design – Steve Jobs interview about Paul Rand
- One more thing by Steve Jobs – The products revealed as “one more thing”
- Steve Jobs talking about what Apple believes in
RIP Steve Jobs.