Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

While commendable, this effort to invest in strategy doesn’t work unless the company also focuses on culture. After culture eats breakfast, it continues to chomp its way through strategy for lunch and dinner, too!

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture

TechStars

I recently participated in a webcast hosted by SHRM on “Three Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: Learn how to attract, manage, and build entrepreneurial talent.” That’s absolutely the kind of culture I want to work in—and I suspect you do, too!

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Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture at Your Organization

TechStars

At Techstars, we talk a lot about “cultural transformation” and how we can support large corporations’ core objective to become more innovative and agile. As corporations strive to innovate in order to survive, creating an entrepreneurial culture has become a critical advantage.

Startup Culture Rot

This is going to be BIG.

You''re just not actively managing the culture because you''re busy doing other things. Great cultures have values that everyone can be a part of--and these values need to be built in to everyday life at your company, no matter how small it is. The best professionals want to work in places that care about culture and values--because they know actively managing that has second order effects. God forbid a negative cultural reputation gets out in the market.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . This is the remarkable story of a country building a startup culture from the ground up. Growing startup culture across the nation?

People Ops Question: How do we define our company culture?

TechStars

We attract, retain, develop, and support Techstars employees globally and aim to uphold our culture and values, in a manner that is inclusive to all.” . Q: How do we define our company culture? Accelerators Resources Company culture People Ops Techstars Talent

VC Corner: Marlon Nichols, Cross Culture VC

Startup Grind

He has worked with several startups, invested in companies like Mayvenn, Gimlet Media, Blavity, Airspace Technologies, Codeverse, and many others Pitch your startup for a chance to meet with Cross Culture VC Q&A: What is your / your fund's mission?

How a Fashion Brand in Honduras Is Preserving the Country’s Traditional Culture

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Rafael, a 2018 YLAI Fellow and an entrepreneur in Honduras, saw years later a need for his skills in the country’s cultural heritage sector. “My Today Rafael is working with Xiomara and other artisans to market their products, all the while preserving traditional Honduran culture.

Helping Startups Understand Salespeople & the Sales Culture

Both Sides of the Table

Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. Specifically what is often not in the DNA of founders are sales skills. Nor do they exist in the investors of early-stage companies. The result is a lack of knowledge of the process and of sales people themselves.

Does a VCs Culture Really Matter? The Upfront Story

Both Sides of the Table

” We won’t be the right cultural fit for every entrepreneur but if we’re truly WYSIWYG then it helps entrepreneurs decide if we’re aligned. And helping be our cultural ambassador.

Building an ethical culture

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

For any company to reach its full potential, a change toward a culture of compliance and ethics is needed. Using a rewards system that prioritizes compliance and ethics will help to foster an ethical workplace culture where employees are empowered to raise concerns and seek guidance.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure. At this time I can tell you that the Brits definitely didn’t have a culture of failure.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

Both Sides of the Table

Not the successful companies themselves but the entire b t culture of swash-buckling startups who define themselves by hitting some magical $1 billion valuation number and the financiers who back them irrespective of metrics that justify it. My concern is that culture of unicorns has created a generation of entrepreneurs & investors looking for short cuts. Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so.

How Do Great Managers Create a Culture of Feeback?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

we share an excerpt from the chapter, “Creating a Culture of Feedback.” The post How Do Great Managers Create a Culture of Feeback? The leadership experts at Franklin Covey have released the essential guide to transforming into the great manager your team deserves.

Can We Stop Saying “Work Hard, Play Hard”?

GAN

When Reilly—my partner at GAN Ventures—and I are in the final stages of talks with a company we might invest in, we always ask a question to every CEO… How would you describe your company culture to someone who was thinking about joining your team? Somewhere around three-quarters of the time, their response is something to the effect of, “We have a ‘work hard, play hard’ culture.”

Develop a culture of curiosity.

Berkonomics

It could happen, but only if you as manager develop the culture of curiosity that makes such creativity a part of your company DNA.

Can a culture of entrepreneurship be created?

Carol Lauffer

Can you really create a culture of entrepreneurship, or must it occur organically? Here in Silicon Valley the culture of entrepreneurship permeates just about everything. I have witnessed numerous communities that are actively fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. Culture helps to create fertile ground for the startup of new businesses. Remember that creating a culture of entrepreneurship is a long-term strategy, and economic developers CAN have an impact

Great Startup Teams Foster a Culture of Likability

Gust

Larry Ellison Photo by Oracle PR. You don’t have to be likeable to everyone to be a great entrepreneur, just to the people who count. Of course, we can all point to apparent exceptions, like Ted Turner or Larry Ellison, who are sometimes seen as lions, downright predators, or even jerks.

Honest cultures in startups

Tomasz Tunguz

This morning NPR profiled an education researcher comparing and contrasting the way different cultures approach intelligence and learning in schools. Though the debate about education methodologies is fascinating, I found the one of the stories in the report reminded me of the importance of transparent cultures in startups. I admire startup cultures that prioritize transparency and reward struggle because these companies value learning.

Honest cultures in startups

Tomasz Tunguz

This morning NPR profiled an education researcher comparing and contrasting the way different cultures approach intelligence and learning in schools. Though the debate about education methodologies is fascinating, I found the one of the stories in the report reminded me of the importance of transparent cultures in startups. I admire startup cultures that prioritize transparency and reward struggle because these companies value learning.

Beer and Startups: The Alcohol Culture of the Tech World

This is going to be BIG.

This is the first time I''ve really seen such a bold stance taken on it: "I think it is very, very unwise for companies to have a culture associated with drinking and the lowered inhibitions that come with drinking. He told me the last time he played a drinking game was probably ten years ago and he''d rather forget that experience, but not partaking made him feel like he didn''t fit into the company''s "culture". I don''t drink.

The Intense Power of a Strong Company Culture

Tomasz Tunguz

It was an inspirational moment for me because I observed the intense power of developing strong company culture. As a few of the executives shared with me, culture is a key part of the company and this annual meeting is a key part of that strategy. Culture is managing at scale. Culture starts at the top, and must be a key priority for the executive team. As Jeff Bezos said in 2014, “My main job today: I work hard at helping to maintain the culture.”

Startup School Week 6 Recap – Tim Brady on Culture and Dalton Caldwell on Pivoting

Y Combinator

His lecture covers the importance of building a good culture early and shares six things that you can do now to help create a solid foundation for your startup. 00:38 – Tim Brady on Building Culture. 1:13 – Culture is behavior and the right behaviors support a good business. Align your culture with your customer. We’ve cut down the sixth week of lectures to be even shorter and combined them into one podcast. First a lecture from Tim Brady.

Company Culture: The Difference Between Values and Style

This is going to be BIG.

What makes for company culture? Too often, when people talk about company culture, they fail to differentiate between values and style. It's not only window dressing, but it can often mask serious culture problems when companies need to deal with style differences as they scale. Your culture should value a baseline of respect, dedication to the task at hand, open communication and quality such that the best performers can thrive no matter what their style.

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in The Economist] An entrepreneurial ethos – Israel’s culture of ambition is driving outsized innovation in Tel Aviv

OurCrowd

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A Very Unusual Book about Startup Culture

Tomasz Tunguz

Last, Gordon recounts a story about the cultural toxicity of teasing and criticism. What’s wonderful about this book is that it characterizes the point of view of a cultural iconoclast within a large company. These perspectives stretch the reader’s mind about what culture ought to be, and how to break out of the every day in order to engender creativity. Orbiting the Giant Hairball is one of the most unusual business books I’ve read.

When Does Establishing a Good Startup Culture Outweigh Being Cheap?

Both Sides of the Table

Almost every startup company starts off “scrappy” and there’s a well established culture in the tech startup scene to embrace the “be cheap at all costs” mentality.

How to undermine or reinforce your corporate culture

Berkonomics

Culture done right. A personal example of reinforcing corporate culture.

How Do You Create a Best Place to Work?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

This honor affirms the company culture we’ve created and is made possible by our team that works day in and day out to make Acceleration Partners an amazing place to work. They truly exemplify our culture and are a big reason why people are drawn to work here.

The Quarterly Reset

GAN

Company Culture annual planning business planning company culture planning workI’m traditionally pretty particular about doing annual planning every year. I prioritize it heavily because it’s the one time each year when we take a step back and go over our plans for the following year. It includes department-level brainstorming and planning sessions that roll up into full-blown presentations to the C-Suite.

Top Start-Up Investments That Are More Than Worth It

Startup Grind

Invest in a strong company culture. This may seem an odd suggestion for many, but a strong company culture will help your enterprise grow and become valued on the local community and industry. Building relationships is also a great step toward a stronger company culture.

The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious

GAN

The Industry curiosity gan partners leadership partner summit startup cultureA couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a conversation about startup newsletters with some of GAN’s corporate partners during our yearly Partner Summit. We’d been chatting about newsletters we loved when I went a bit negative and opened up about a newsletter I had a lot of judgments around.

Boston Startup Culture : The entrepreneur’s view

Fred Destin

The excellent C.A. Webb at NEVCA pushed through a survey that looks at the relative attractiveness of Boston as a startup market. Hold that yawn : the results are interesting. Not that I am expecting hordes of YC grads to come beating a path quite yet, mind you.

Thank a Salesperson Today

GAN

Company Culture business development corporate partners gan partners partners sales team team dynamicsI gave Dina a call on Monday. Dina oversees business development for GAN Partners, the innovative corporates like Allstate, Prologis, and UPS that engage with startups in the GAN Community. She’s had an amazing three months. She’s been working hard, traveling a ton, and doing the right things to find new partners.

How can we build a culture of responsibility?

This is going to be BIG.

It’s really not surprising, though, because the blame game seems to be an integral part of our culture. In fact, too often, our blame culture is disempowering and stifling to people that have had a rough time—reinforcing ideas that the world is working against them in some way. How can we create a culture where actually taking responsibility is the norm—and where everyone wants the buck to stop with them.

Should Leaders Wait Until Monday Morning to Send Their Weekend Emails to Staff?

Entrepreneurs' Organization

But it’s the occasional messages sent by bosses to their team members late at night or at weekends that can have negative consequences—particularly on your culture. What it says about your company culture. These emails will impact your company culture.

Accelerators And Seed Deal Flow

Haystack

all together) combined with the culture of “demo days,” in-person gatherings where angels and professional investors collide with entrepreneurs. Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalThose of us in the early-stage tech ecosystem by now well know that saying “there are a LOT of seed and new startups” is a gross understatement.

Understanding the Rich Tapestry of American Culture as Experienced Through Food

Both Sides of the Table

Like many immigrant families and many Jewish families I grew up around a kitchen table, often outside my house and experiencing food… Continue reading on Medium

[OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in NoCamels] Startup Visionaries, VCs, Political Leaders, and Cultural Icons: The 17 Influential Israelis that Shaped the Decade

OurCrowd

The post [OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved in NoCamels] Startup Visionaries, VCs, Political Leaders, and Cultural Icons: The 17 Influential Israelis that Shaped the Decade appeared first on OurCrowd.

The VC Industry Norms Which Changed Over The Past Decade

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalHaving spent time around and then in the world of VC in the Bay Area during the last decade, I’ve been reflecting on how different norms in the industry have changed. At the start of 2010, there was some unwritten VC industry conventions that have been tested, challenged, and upended in the last decade. I also want to be clear that there are other things that should (hopefully) change in the VC industry. That is for another post.

Why Seed Funds Have Scaled

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalFor those following this blog and the seed market over the past decade, you may have noticed that every year, we see increases across the board — more investors, newer funds, and funds that get larger. Much has been written about the fact that traditional seed stage funds have grown in size and dollars under management. Here, I wanted to step back and consider “why” this has happened from my vantage point.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2019

Haystack

2/ The Global Culture Clash And Bull Markets Effect. Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalIt’s that time of year, time to look back and reflect on the most significant storylines in the tech, startup, and VC world. A comprehensive post on this topic could be 5,000+ words, but we do not do such things here. We kept detailed notes month by month and today, I tried to organize them by key sections, what you’ll see below.

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The Breakout Tech Company Of 2019

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalIt’s that time of year, where I — as a committee of one judge, but now in consultation with my Haystack colleagues Ian and Aashay — select one startup in the tech ecosystem that “broke out” and has the makings of an even larger outcome should things continue to go right.

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