"…keeping you great"
Don't F*ck Up the Culture — this is the title of Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky's article on LinkedIn. And it's the advice he received from Peter Thiel, Airbnb's major investor when they asked him what was the single most important piece of advice he had for the team – "don't f*ck up the culture!" Take 2 minutes to read Chesky's internal email sent prior to their team meeting to discuss Core Values. Even a company valued at $10 billion pays attention to these kinds of things. Thanks to Shashi Kaant Bhatnagar, CEO of Mumbai-based BellPepper Animation (cool website), for pointing me to this article.
More Billion Dollar Valuations — for a quick dose of inspiration, take one minute to click through FORTUNE's list of the latest founders behind the new billionaire dollar valued firms, including Airbnb.
Key to Branding — it's not about getting people to think good about you; branding is about getting people to think good about themselves. Read that again. This is the message of Bruce Turkel, founder and CEO of Turkel Brands. When people think about your brand does it equate to making them feel better about themselves or their companies? Take a look through Turkel's 7 steps for building a brand (what the 10 companies in FORTUNE's list have accomplished):
This is a perfect list to discuss at your next marketing meeting. Here's a link to more details for each step.
Zuckerberg's Next Decade — and maybe Mark Zuckerberg is channeling Turkel. In this quick summary of his presentation at their F8 developers conference FORTUNE writer Jessi Hempel note "He spent the last decade telling them things. He wants to spend the next decade listening." Here's a link to the article entitled "Mark Zuckerberg's Decade of Love." (1 minute to read).