Honored asalways to be invited to speak again at the awesome Forward conference, this time ’round I went with the allegedly elusive and ephemeral yet very important and real topic of Geek Culture.
Peter Drucker, famously misattributed to the famous “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” adage, knew some things aren’t so simple. When it comes to culture, things are rarely simple, easy or measureable. But they are ultimately important and influenceable. And just as the Lean Movement has established a process and framework to cultivate product & market growth (ok, it borrows from Newton a little), we’re keen to apply similar principles that make sense for culture.
Even small scrappy companies with few resources and infinite external challenges (you know, the survival things like building product, finding funding and getting customers) are increasingly aware that focusing on culture is a baseline and not a luxury. The entrepreneurs at Hackers / Founders get it enough that they asked me to share about this yesterday too.
As with any business initiative, you must know your audience. This one is targeted to those we know and love: the geeks.
I never met President Kennedy but it’s comforting to know we share this sentiment (though I might swap ‘men’ for ‘people’ but that’s the 2015 in me).
While Berlin and Germany have long been on my travel bucket list (a layover in Frankfurt doesn’t count), when the real opportunity to visit emerged through my work, I couldn’t believe it: could we really do this now? For reasons I couldn’t fully articulate, Berlin has long held a captivating if ephemeral appeal to me. So much history, so much culture and so much transformation in so little time. But these were all abstract concepts to me before last month. Continue reading →
2015 marked my 4th year not-in-a-row at South by Southwest. My observations from last year still largely hold true, though this year some of the crowds seem to have staved off (Mykel, my Austinite buddy, speculated that some of this may be from key sponsorship changes this year – from Chevrolet to Mazda and from Frito-Lay to…McDonalds…) and I’m not going to disagree: I sure didn’t head over to the Golden Arches area. That said, there is such a plethora of rich, meaningful content and amazing people all in one spot, it still deserves a go. Continue reading →