Culture & Mission

no company has a culture; every company is a culture. A startup is a team of people on a mission, and a good culture is just what that looks like on the inside.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

That statement is easy to dismiss, thinking “yeah, of course”, but few companies truly understand the truth contained in those words. Culture cannot be bolted on, but it can easily fall by the wayside if left unminded or is de-prioritized in times of growth or crisis. The effort to repair it later takes years and culture rarely runs as deep as it did in the early days.

Be mindful of your team, your startup and the internal reflection provided by your culture. If you want to build a great company, you cannot afford to let it slip.

On HTML5 and the Group That Rules the Web

“Billions of humans will use the Web over the next decade, yet not many of those people are in a position to define what is ‘the Web’ and what isn’t. The W3C is in that position. So who is in this cabal? What is it up to? Who writes the checks?”

NFL’s British accent

A great piece on American Football in the UK that provides an interesting view on how humans pick “sides” when there is less of a tie to a particular team (or locale).

Minimum viable products, exceptional products, and cupcakes

A great post that speaks against the MVP bias that has come to dominate our industry, without ignoring it. MVPs should be used internally and with select customers, while EVPs or “cupcakes” are released to the wider customer base.