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The Moral Voice of Corporate America

C.E.O.s are speaking out on social and political issues in sometimes startling ways, recasting the role business plays in the national debate.

'If the voices of business leaders seem amplified, that is perhaps because in such partisan times, few politicians can speak to both sides of the aisle, leaving a vacuum for business leaders to fill."

The Texas Startup Manifesto – Austin Startups

Texas is the most promising technology investment opportunity in the United States and Capital Factory is going to turbocharge it.

"No Texas city will be a world class startup hub by itself, but the Texas Startup Megatropolis can take on any other city, state or country in the world." Capital Factory has big plans to unlock billions of dollars in capital and unleash thousands of diverse entrepreneurs.

"This wasn’t just an easy and correct call for Airbnb. It was also an example of how a platform company can actually make judgments about what is and is not an acceptable behavior, rather than simply waving away controversies by claiming it offers a mere tool for its users. That’s something that many deep-pocketed Silicon Valley firms can’t seem to figure out—and an area in which, until recently, Airbnb struggled, too."

Patty McCord on Language, Culture and Leadership – In Practice – Medium

Patty McCord is an original Culturati member, one of our first and most popular speakers at the first Culturati Summit.

"Culture is actions. Not words or slides. Not perks. Not always nice." Patty McCord helped create the unique and high performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. We talked about what she learned there and elsewhere in Silicon Valley.

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Eugene Sepulveda, CEO, Entrepreneurs Foundation and Founder, #CulturatiSummit, asked several favorite CEOs in Austin to share their answers to two questions about culture and leadership. We didn’t ask all our favorites — we’re saving some for our next survey — and it’s summer, so some promised to participate next round. Click the link in bio and go to Magazine to read their thoughts.

Drum roll please . . . . Basecamp’s Jason Fried and Wailin Wong are our first announced keynotes for 2018 #CulturatiSummit. #JasonFried is the co-founder and CEO of @Basecamp, a software company based in Chicago. He is the co-author of Getting Real, Remote: Office Not Required, and the New York Times Bestseller, Rework. #WailinWong is a writer and podcast producer at Basecamp. She previously worked as a business journalist at the Chicago Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires. Wong is the sole reporter for #TheDistance, a podcast about businesses that are at least 25 years old. Some of our favorite episodes describe a Chicago laundromat that became a de facto community center by offering free pizza, immigration seminars, and children’s reading programs to patrons, an Atlanta barber shop with phenomenal employee retention (in a few cases, over 40 years!), and a family-owned manufacturing company which executed a seamless succession plan. Basecamp’s purpose is not just to save time, but to make time at work better for its users. The goal of the product is also the goal of the company, and Fried’s investment in his employee’s ability to make the best use of time is not only evident in Fried’s books and TEDx talk on “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work,” but also Basecamp policies such as a 4-day workweek for 4 months of the year, and granting each employee the choice of where to work. Fried eschews the startup goal of exponential growth in favor of steadily building a private company that has been profitable every year. Wong, with the unique perspective she’s gained as a reporter on long-term businesses, will be a great stage partner for Fried, who is striving to build a long-term company with an exceptional #companyculture. We can't wait to hear what Jason and Wailin will discuss on stage, and we hope to see you there. Learn more at

We're busy planning the best #CulturatiSummit yet, and June 30 is the deadline to register early as a returning Culturati member at a discounted price. Early registrants will be invited to a round of summer CEO dinners. If you are a past attendee, check your email for your individual registration code. #corporateculture #csuite

Planning is underway for the 2018 #CulturatiSummit, and early registration for past attendees is open through June 30. Early registrants will receive an invitation to one of five summer Culturati dinners hosted by five Austin CEOs. Check your inbox for your code! #corporateculture #companyculture #csuite

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Culturati Speaker Andy Fleming is co-author of "An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization," which won in the category of “Best Management and Workplace Culture Book of 2016" in the 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Registered for the 1/31 Culturati Summit in Austin? You'll receive a copy! #culturatisummt #ddo #waytogrowinc #corporateculture #andyfleming

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