Culture Drives How You Feel

Tonight we had a Technology Executive Roundtable event in the new Atlanta Tech Village conference center. Tom Noonan, one of the panelists, made several excellent remarks (as well as memorable ones — ask about the purple shoe). One of his comments really stood out to me: corporate culture drives how you feel. Think about the…

Giving Thanks in a Startup

Here in the U.S. we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today. As part of our family tradition we like to talk about what we’re thankful for and spend time with each other. On the startup front, I think it’s just as important to give thanks on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas for giving thanks in…

Prioritizing Amazing Employee Benefits

Two weeks ago an entrepreneur was asking me about the amazing employee benefits offered by Pardot.¬†Specifically, he wanted to offer more benefits in his startup, but couldn’t afford all the ones Pardot offered, so he was interested in how I would prioritize the Pardot benefits based on how much value they added. Now, we didn’t…

Pulse of the People Person

Recently I was talking with an entrepreneur about a key team member of his. This individual wasn’t on the executive team but he was referred to as “the best person in the company to gauge the pulse and morale of the company” and he would tell him when things were off. I thought about it…

Culture First or Find Customers First

Recently there was a local debate around the importance of corporate culture in the earliest days of seed stage startups. From the debate, there was contention about whether or not a focus on culture at the start was important before the business had many employees and was viable. Put another way, should you spend any…