Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Grumble, Bumble, Facebook Trouble

Icon Written by Alora on June 3, 2010 – 10:53 am

What does it say about your business if you bans access to Facebook and Twitter? I think it says a lot about your culture — most of which isn’t good.

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A ‘No Vacation Policy’ Policy

Icon Written by Alora on March 18, 2010 – 11:10 am

Last spring, I was reading the annual WorldBlu list of the most democratically run organizations in the world. One of the companies that caught my eye was one whose democratic organizational practices included eliminating a formal vacation day policy. I remember making a mental note of the idea, because I liked it and wanted to […]

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Not Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

Icon Written by Alora on February 24, 2010 – 10:00 am

I love startups. I love the chaos. I love the insane hours. I love the energy. I love the types of people who are attracted to work on high-risk ideas with long odds. I love the culture that evolves around them. I love it all. I have spent my career hopping from one startup to […]

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Through the Entrepreneurial Looking Glass

Icon Written by Alora on February 17, 2010 – 10:35 am

In a recent blog post, author Scott Ginsberg recently asked Have You Executed These Ten Essentials of Entrepreneurial Excellence? He then listed off the ten things he highlights as essential for entrepreneurs to be truly successful: Prestige requires pandemonium Confidence requires congruency Fame requires flexibility Success requires surrender. Creativity requires curiosity Originality requires murder Serendipity […]

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The Science of Incentivization in the World of 21st Century Work

Icon Written by Alora on February 12, 2010 – 12:39 pm

This is an awesome video, and well worth watching. Very clear outline, and a great example of Information Economy thinking. What is more motivating than traditional ‘incentive’ packages? Autonomy Mastery Purpose The new “operating system” for business.

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Interactive Austin Keynote Videos

Icon Written by Alora on April 30, 2009 – 7:58 pm

The second annual Interactive Austin Conference has wrapped up, and in true social media fashion, there is no shortage of online accounts of the day’s activities (with more to be coming over the next few days, no doubt). Online already are keynote coverage posts by Ricci Neer, for each Dion Hinchcliffe, Sam Lawrence and whurley. […]

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20/20 Hindsight – Transitioning a Services Company to a Product Company

Icon Written by Alora on April 27, 2009 – 1:09 pm

This is something I’ve been thinking about more and more recently. The fact that we started off as a services company is what allowed us to get started and to avoid having to rely on outside funding. But it was transitioning to a product company that allowed us to grow and scale, and to ultimately […]

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20/20 Hindsight – Being Pioneers in a New Space

Icon Written by Alora on April 24, 2009 – 12:07 pm

Ask anyone who got into an internet-based business prior to 2000, and you’ll hear nostalgic “good old days” stories, the way my grandparents talk about ‘when Kennedy was President.’ It’s hysterical to hear, and it saddens me endlessly to think about how long ago that was, but it really was an exciting time — and […]

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20/20 Hindsight – How Early Career Choices Can Set the Stage

Icon Written by Alora on April 22, 2009 – 11:58 pm

I had a couple of discussions this week that got me thinking back to the early days of my career. Aside from leaving me feeling older than I care to think about, it did spark a pleasant memory or two that I’ve been mulling over since. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how early career choices […]

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Why Agile Isn't Just for Development

Icon Written by Alora on April 21, 2009 – 11:41 am

It’s been years since the evangelism for Agile development started truly gaining momentum. Super sexy buzzphrases phrases like “reduce time to market,” “improved ROI,” and “lower development costs” have all been invoked to support the case for adopting an Agile methodology over the old-school Waterfall approach. The fact is, most experienced professionals have lived through […]

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