Photo courtesy of Amy Crawford, NuoDB
Last week the Greater Boston Startup Culture Meetup organized a discussion on startup culture featuring Chris Savage, Founder & CEO of Wistia, Max Summit, Marketing Brand Manager at NuoDB, and Chris Widner, Director of Culture at Dyn! We had a lot of fun and for those of you who were unable to attend, you can hear the talk via podcast!
Allow me to highlight a few gems from our talk…
Chris Savage on adopting culture hacks from Wistia’s How They Work series:
Back when we had around 10 people I was talking to Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and I was asking him Have you ever fired someone because of culture? and he’s like uh-huh, that’s pretty much the best reason to fire them!
Max Summit commenting on the manifestation of culture at NuoDB:
It was important from day one to set a tone and our culture would be brand transparent….[You have to ask yourself] what is it that you truly believe in and can actually act upon.
Chris Widner explaining how Dyn made a more conscious decision to make their culture more welcoming:
Dyn used to be a bunch of dudes but then we finally started getting women working for us and that’s when we realized some of the language we used wasn’t as inclusive as it probably should be…one of the phrases we used a lot was baller….It’s about being intentional with the words we use and that’s something that we’ve really been trying to improve.