Earlier this week we had one of our partners publicly share some news that we’re equally excited about: We’ve raised a round of venture financing that includes Slack and their investment vehicle, The Slack Fund.
And as they so thoughtfully put it, it’s a “two way street” as they are betting on us and we are definitely betting on them. You can read their full announcement here as well as a companion Forbes piece sharing the news as well.
Continue reading “Betting on Relationships (and Slack)”
We’ve added a second pin officially to the lineup of Team Pins in addition to our first which we shared about here.
This one is pretty simple as it sports our official brand and logo. It comes in a few different colors (Black #121212, Dark Gray #484850, Yellow #ff9900, Light Blue #0099cc, Dark Blue #274656) and two different styles, either a complete circle or cut-out.
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I’d like to expand a bit more on my thoughts around on real agility and competitive advantage within the enterprise and at a much more broad sweeping and industry meta-level.
Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how organizations at scale build software and how difficult it really is to not only introduce change but then go one big step farther and implement that change effectively.
Continue reading “On Software Superpowers”
The Scrum Alliance recently released their yearly report (download here) which gives a broad-sweeping overview of how organizations of all sizes are applying an Agile-based approach to building software to not only remain relevant but to innovate and create true, long-lasting competitive advantage.
And what they’ve found is that the agile methodology is not only being applied outside of the immediate world of information technology and software development but now also around business practices as a whole. The philosophy Agile Frameworks and Scrum clearly allow for these creative applications!
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Something that I’m entirely fascinated with right now is the company culture and how to make it the absolute best.
This shouldn’t be a surprise, though, since we are working on building a new company, a product that people really want and then hiring great folks to help us make all a reality.
Continue reading “What is the Company’s Culture?”
For starters, let’s just put it plainly: We’ve been busy. Actually, very busy. And it’s the good kind of busy, if you get what I’m saying.
Sure, we’re still building product and finding digging in deeper into what will really resonate with early customers. And yes, we’re working even closer with some of those folks and giving a deeply empathetic ear to their needs and desires and struggles that we believe we can solve.
Same old, same old.
Continue reading “Pinning Culture”
One of the larger news stories to break today is the behemoth IBM telling their staff of nearly 400,000 employees that if they want to keep their job that they have to now show up, physically, in an IBM office:
As part of the new policy, employees who work remotely will need to pack up their laptops and everything else and return to a company office if they want to keep their jobs.
Continue reading “We Believe in Remote”
I’m not a card player and I barely know the rules of poker, but, I did share a room with someone who was super-serious about his game while in college and because he hosted many game nights in our small room I picked up a thing (or two).
In blackjack the term “doubling down” is a move that can promise a larger reward and outcome but only if the player is willing to also take a larger risk. If the player feels confident then you have the option to double your bet and then you pray and hope for the best.
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As our product matures and as we start working closely with early customers, it’s high time that we figured out how to best represent ourselves.
More specifically, we’ve been dialoguing as a team what our brand icon and typography might look like and we had an extended conversation last night as we walked through a few concept pieces.
Continue reading “A Logo in Action”
One of the things that I’m very excited about it is growing our team beyond the founders. This is something that I had the very special privilege of doing in my last venture where I hired the first 40+ folks to the team.
To add a bit more flavor and context, I hired those folks within the span of 12 months and our retention rate was 13%, which is phenomenal compared to what typically happens in hyper-growth startups where the retention/attrition rate is greater than 40% per year, generally speaking.
Continue reading “An Open Source Company Handbook”