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From Social Insites Blog: When does a start-up stop being a start-up? It’s a question that provides great link-bait on the interwebs, and I’m not going to answer it. There are a few hallmarks of start-up culture that we continue to cultivate here at NewsGator that make this a place to love.
From FastCompany: Why should you cooperate with your customers? Survival is a pretty good motivator.
From FastCompany: Rather than work for just the biggest companies in the world, they’ll be working with some of the smallest. It’s part of their new Start-Up in Residence program, a five-month boot camp for just one lucky start-up team who will work right aside IDEO out of their Chicago office.
From Fast Company: The formula for a successful startup is simple: create a product that people need, and hire ridiculously talented, highly motivated people to build it. Finding ridiculously talented, highly motivated people is by far the more challenging side of this equation. Here’s how to do it.
From Jeffrey Cufaude: In order for us to do anything with each other, we first have to understand how we want to be with each other. Having stated and understood rules of engagement, shared agreements for participation, helps create a safer climate for individual participation. Defining norms for a conversation, community, or organization helps people understand “this is who we are and how we will do things here.” As Margaret Wheatley has said, “To create learning organizations, we must understand the underlying agreements we have made about how we will be together.”
From FastCompany: Disruptive. Small-d democratic. Transparent. Tech savvy. Design savvy. Local and global. Nimble. Values-driven. No matter your gut reaction to what has sprung out of a seemingly sketchy September landing on New York’s Zuccotti Park, the Occupy movement is spiritually akin to the innovative companies we laud elsewhere on this list and in each issue. Square, for example, is working to disrupt an established trillion-dollar payment infrastructure that puts the little guy at a disadvantage. Occupy, meanwhile, is challenging a political, financial, and social establishment that has resulted in income inequality and puts most Americans at a disadvantage. Both attempt to make a more fair future.