Building Company Culture
How Startups with Strong Common Values Work Better Together
What defines a company’s culture? Moreover, what are the elements of culture that can make or break the working relationships of a company’s team members? How can startup leaders ensure they are establishing the right culture at the earliest possible stages, and that they are subsequently upholding those foundational values as the company grows?
“Done right, you can see culture is a very powerful thing. Just imagine a group of people with shared foundational beliefs leveraging a common way of getting things done,” says Wade Chambers, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of engineering at Grand Rounds Health. “Done poorly, you can see how it works against you and can become a toxic environment where people are focused on things not core to helping the company move forward.”
Chambers recently sat down with Kevin Wang, who is the VP of engineering at Abnormal Security, Wei Gan, the co-founder and CTO of Ribbon Home, and Greylock partner Saam Motamedi on the Greymatter podcast to discuss the wide-ranging topic. During the conversation, the four talked about the different ways they define culture; how they apply company-level cultural norms to individual teams; how culture impacts engineering teams versus others; how company culture influences what they look for in candidates; and more.
You can listen to the podcast here.