An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” On the other hand, there’s a Chinese allegory about three monks together having NO water to drink.
How do you go far together, as a company scales? Having a strong culture seems to be a key factor. Having journeyed from a four-person startup to a large Fortune 100 corporation and back to a late-stage startup, and working with teams both in the US and China, X has witnessed some strong and weak cultures. He has also studied unique cultures of top-performing companies like Netflix. He is still asking the question and will share some of his learning with us.