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Creating Culture at a Commercial Space Company

21 May 2011, 05:24 UTC
Creating Culture at a Commercial Space Company
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“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood…Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” -Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Author of The Little PrinceWhen young entrepreneurs talk to me about starting companies – I encourage them to articulate what they want the culture to look like five years from now. Culture is a sneaky thing…it always gets developed. No company lacks a culture, but many lack good ones!The Netflix culture is well articulated in the slidedeck below (by Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO) - fastest 128 slides you will ever read. Well worth every slide! Now aerospace companies won’t be able to leverage all of these ideas – especially Netflix’s policies and procedures on “policies and procedures”, but Netflix has intriguing ideas that many new space entrepreneurs will benefit from:Hiring the best (to minimize the need for written procedures)Keeping only the passionate people (see the opening quote)Take as much time off as you want (if you love what you do, too much vacation won’t be a problem)Culture View more presentations from Reed Hastings

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