Hacking Dreams and Teams – with Don Daglow

by Wendy Soon on April 11, 2016

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Every entrepreneur has dreams of building a great company. We analyze opportunities, look for pain points, scope markets. We labor over spreadsheets late into the night in the quest for a plan that will generate the dramatic growth that the market demands.

But something’s missing. Many people never stop, lock out the world and really think. They never sit down to have a deep and honest conversation with themselves about why they want to start a company, and how they will work with the team that joins them in this venture.

Don Daglow is a Silicon Valley startup veteran and the author of the upcoming book From Dream to Delivery. In this highly interactive session, he’ll give us the foundation for that important conversation we need to have with ourselves, and review a short set of questions to help you plan the next steps in building  your company and your team.

 

Date: 19th May 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 7pm

Venue: Mountain View, CA (or online)

Register: HERE

 

About the Speaker:

Don Daglow is a three-time Inc. 500 CEO and 2008 Technical Emmy® Award recipient. He is the only executive in the history of the games industry to lead development teams on every generation of the first three decades of video game consoles, and he has worked on projects on every platform generation from the Intellivision in 1980 to the PS4 today.

Don Daglow has worked in multiple startups over the last 35 years, and his experience spans much of the modern history of Silicon Valley. His work has been honored with a Technical Emmy® and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Starting as one of the original five console engineers at Mattel Electronics in 1980, he became Director of Applications Software for what grew to be a 1,200-person organization. In 1983 he joined a small Silicon Valley entertainment startup called Electronic Arts, which went public and became a multi-billion dollar corporation. After working as an executive for Broderbund, which was sold to The Learning Company for $416 million, he founded Stormfront Studios, which he led for 20 years and which created products that generated sales of over $500 million at retail.

He now serves as CEO of 4thRing Inc., an early-stage software startup, and continues to work as an executive advisor for companies ranging from small teams to major international corporations. He also serves as an advisor and mentor at the Founders Space business accelerator in San Francisco.

In 2008 Don accepted a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his creation of Neverwinter Nights, the first graphical game of its kind, which paved the way for global hits including Everquest and the multi-billion-dollar World of Warcraft. He also received the CGE Award in 2003 for “groundbreaking achievements that shaped the video game industry.”

He is also the author of the highly-rated new San Francisco mystery novel The Fog Seller.

 

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6 Best Personality Types for Remote Workers

by Wendy Soon on March 28, 2016

personality_bannerWondering if you are suited for working remotely? Or wondering what kind of candidates you should ideally hire for your remote team? Here is a list of top personality types that work best for remote teams.

 

  1. People who enjoy ambiguity – Not everyone can deal with ambiguity, but remote workers need to be comfortable with it to be comfortable working remotely. The Global Integration research shows that being comfortable with ambiguity is in fact a key requirement of virtual working. People who thrive on detailed instructions and timelines from their superiors will struggle in a virtual working environment that provides a large space for independence.
  2. Organized people – Virtual teams tend to have less structures and processes in place. Thus inherently organized people will thrive better by initiating their own processes and keeping themselves organized at work.
  3. ESTJ Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judgment, also known as the “Executive” or “Supervisor” Myers Briggs personality trait. These type of people are extremely methodical in their work, focused on establishing and optimizing processes to increase work efficiencies. This type of remote workers will be happy to initiate their own processes and will be very organized. They will naturally love to use project management tools and other online tracking softwares that are needed in a remote team.
  4. Carefree people – Workers with few outside obligations such as family responsibilities will bond much better to their remote team, experiencing higher cohesion and obligation to the rest of the team. This is supported by a recent study published in the Journal of Management, led by Sara Perry, an assistant professor at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
  5. Entrepreneurial peoplePeople who have a track record of launching side projects or collaborating on different initiatives. These are very driven people, who are easily self-motivated by the work they do, rather than the monetary or statutory benefits. Look for initiative starters, people who are more of leaders than followers. .

  6. Results-Oriented people– These people pride themselves on the work they do and the results they produce. They have a track record of working long hours, investing heavily in their work, and produce a tonne of results. These are the people that you can have on your remote team and not bother about micromanaging nor tracking the time they are working, because they will easily be exceeding your expectations.

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7 Ted Videos about Cultural Differences

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Team Hacking – the Psychology of Startup Teams

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7 Short Lessons on Leadership

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6 Top Ted Talks for Team Building

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15 things that only Telecommuters will understand (or not)!

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Share Your Best Funding Strategy, and WIN !!

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Every startup needs funding. With no funding, a startup will not be able to sustain nor grow fast. There are many different funding sources available – venture capital, angel investors, family and friends, bootstrapping, etc. But not all of them are easy to get hold of. So what’s your startup’s best funding strategy? Let’s all […]

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Hack Finance – with Seffi Kaminitz on 21st Jan (Thurs)

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It’s a brand new year, and what’s more important than kick-starting it with some MONEY talk? Yes, that’s one of the key essentials to keeping a startup alive, so we lined it up first thing in January! It’s important to make sure we are all well funded, so we can focus on building our products […]

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