In the same way that I was inspired by a vision for the future of business pitched at the Social Business Summit 2012, Lee Bryant delivered a thought provoking and insightful presentation at Meaning Conference last month.
The key ideas which resonated with me were:
- To be a successful company you need to have a purpose and try to achieve something more than just make money
- Traditional organisational structures are broken
- Startups are chasing high valuations, big payouts and IPOs rather than trying to do something they care about. (Company like Snapchat and Pinterest have multi billion valuations with little revenue and no proven business model)
- Startups work well with a task based organisational structures until they get about 30 people when they try and emulate the broken corporate organisation structure
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Slides from presentation
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Lee is one of two founders of Headshift which was acquired by Dachis Group. I lucky enough to spend some time working with them in the London office. I have a lot of respect for what they have both achieved to date and look forward to seeing their new venture called Post*Shift unfold in 2014. Lee Bryant and Livio Hughes hired me to work at Dachis Group. The thing that inspired me to want to join Dachis was the vision they created at the Social Business Summit 2012 in London and more specifically Dave Gray’s Connected Company presentation and Nilofer Merchant‘s Social Era presentation.
I wish them every success in their new venture.