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!

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.

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

Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community

GAN

Pittsburgh Has a Culture of Innovation. On stage, we heard over and over again about the city’s culture of innovation. What I’m trying to do, instead, is highlight how important underlying motivations and culture are to create a thriving startup ecosystem in any given city. The post Pittsburgh: A City Fueled By a Culture of Innovation and Community appeared first on GAN. We just finished the first leg of the GAN Momentum Tour in Pittsburgh.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

OurCrowd

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

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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

[data.world in YourStory] Austin startup Data.World aims to connect the dots and help enterprises create a data-driven culture

OurCrowd

The post [data.world in YourStory] Austin startup Data.World aims to connect the dots and help enterprises create a data-driven culture appeared first on OurCrowd. If data is the new oil, the modern world presently seems engulfed in a massive oil spill. It took industry veterans Brett Hurt, Jon Loyens, Bryan Jacob, and Matt Laessig a while to assess why most data seemed unactionable. Read more here.

The 3 Ways Culture Enables Startups to Scale

Tomasz Tunguz

While culture may seem an ambiguous and fuzzy concept, strong cultures are the best way for leaders to manage their companies throughout their evolution. As Jeff Bezos said in 2014, “My main job today: I work hard at helping to maintain the culture.” ” There’s no better known treatise on culture than Netflix’s Freedom and Responsibility deck. Culture influences hiring. This reinforces the culture of the business.

The Story Behind Our Investment In Humble Dot

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalAbout a year ago, a friend told us about this new work app they were using. Didn’t think much about it. Then, the same thing happened a few days later. It’s just the Bay Area echo chamber at work. And then finally, a few weeks later, their usage started to spike, and a real investment round came together, and we scrambled, triangulated, and spent a bunch of time with Will and Macgill, the original creators of Humble Dot.

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.

Checking In With The Market And Rorschach Tests

Haystack

I felt a lot of frustration seeping through the replies, frustration for the distraction a fundraise can cause, frustration toward looking for VCs as validation (versus focusing on customers), frustration in the perception that an investor just wants markups to earn credibility and raise subsequent funds, frustration toward a culture of raising money from lenders (like VCs) versus tuning a product and business to become profitable. Career Culture Technology Venture Capital

Quickly Unpacking Spotify’s Acquisition Of Gimlet Media

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalI’ve been traveling all week, digging out of email, and closing two deals and — hence — have been pretty quiet online. As I was scrolling through Twitter today and saw the rumors around Gimlet, the podcast media company, being acquired by Spotify for $200M in cash, I knew I had to stop, write this post, and share some thoughts on what’s going on. So, here goes…. Well, actually, before I begin, this post needs a few disclaimers.

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Quickly Unpacking Google’s Acquisition Of Fitbit

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalUsually these M&A posts involve a private startup being purchased, but this past week, we witnessed a different type of deal — Google acquired Fitbit, which had been a public company for nearly four years. Fitbit was started in a previous startup era, raised about $65M in venture capital, went public in 2015, and reached heights of over a $4B market cap.

The Summer Solstice And Seed Stage Squeeze

Haystack

Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalIf you’ve been following my tweets lately, you’ve read some of my quick musings on the state of the seed market this summer. In short, in my 6.5 years of investing in the seed stage, I have never seen activity levels like I’m seeing today. Granted, 6.5 years is not a long arc – I have not experienced a prolonged down market as a private investor.

Looking Back On Tech, Startups, And VC In 2018

Haystack

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.