When I first founded a company, one called LoudCloud, I sought advice from CEOs and industry leaders. They all told me, “Pay attention to your culture. Culture is the most important thing.”
But when I asked these leaders, “What exactly is culture, and how can I affect mine?” …
I’m a fuckin’ genius, Jimmy Neutron
Soulja Boy, The Best
Back in 2007 when Marc and I were angel investors, we read everything we could on the emerging techniques for building products and companies. We were hungry for any information that would help us understand the state-of-the-art. Among all the things we read, one blogger really stood out. He broke down techniques for distributing consumer products in a way that was so smart, so well articulated and so on-the-money that he turned product distribution into a science. The blogger’s name was Andrew Chen.
We reached out to Andrew to learn more and he was generous with his time and ideas. So when Andrew decided to start a company, Marc and I were eager to invest. We began our diligence with a reference call to his former boss who said: “Andrew is so much smarter than everyone here, that we call him Jimmy Neutron.” …
“Dinner with Anna Wintour, racing with Anja Rubik
I told you muthaf*ckers it was more than the music”
— Kanye West, “Cold”
Nearly 30 years ago Steve Stoute saw something that changed his life: He went to see RunDMC perform at Madison Square Garden. During the show, as they began the hit song, “My Adidas”, Run took off his Adidas sneaker and hoisted it into the air. Spontaneously, nearly everyone in the audience took off their Adidas and responded in kind.
At that moment, Steve realized that great musical artists meant much more to their fans than just music. …