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HubSpot’s Picture Shows how to Maintain Monocultures in the 21st Century

I thought this article about the company culture at HubSpot is kind of funny. “HubSpot’s Awesome Presentation Shows how to Create a 21st Century Culture”.

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Just FYI: You’re not different. You’re a bunch of white hipsters aged 25-30 dressed up in the same theme. That’s not being different.

On a more serious note, this represents one of the most challenging aspects of scaling a company culture. You start with a bunch of friends with the same background. Nothing strange about this – friends hire friends. The fact that people have friends that are similar to them isn’t great, but it reflects society. Spotify started off as a bunch of like-minded mostly male Swedish university dropouts, for instance. Anyway, at some point, you need to start hiring different people to avoid groupthink and to get access to a much bigger talent pool. Not saying it’s easy.

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Erik Bernhardsson

... is the CTO at Better, which is a startup changing how mortgages are done. I write a lot of code, some of which ends up being open sourced, such as Luigi and Annoy. I also co-organize NYC Machine Learning meetup. You can follow me on Twitter or see some more facts about me.