TINYpulse founder David Niu (right) spent six months abroad with his family, interviewing business owners and learning all about people management, culture and leadership.

Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More

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How Twitter’s engineering teams maintain great company culture

As Chris Fry and Raffi Krikorian talk about Twitter’s ambitions as a company, the phrase “change the world,” is repeated numerous times. Lots of organizations say they want to change the world, but in fact, Twitter is actually doing it. There are few companies founded in the last decade that have achieved more success and caused more disruption than the… Read More


Study: Workplace happiness is driven more by co-workers, not managers

Employees love transparency, care more about co-workers than managers and don’t exactly know what their company’s mission is. These are some of the findings from TINYpulse’s robust new study that provides an interesting look into employee happiness — or lack thereof. It’s been one year since TINYpulse, which helps leaders get a pulse on how their employees are… Read More


Photos: Celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who

  Yesterday was the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who — the iconic and award-winning British sci-fi TV show which first aired in 1963. There were parties happening all over the world on Saturday, so I dropped by the Scarecrow Video bash and the EMP celebration in Seattle. The line to get in to EMP… Read More


Let’s talk about culture: It’s more than ping pong tables and free soda pop

Within a few days of Facebook announcing plans to build a residential housing community that is walking distance to a sprawling Menlo Park, Calif. campus described by the Wall Street Journal as already, “so full of cushy perks that some employees may never want to go home,” a former Google contract worker questioned here at GeekWire as to whether the plush… Read More


Concur CEO Steve Singh: Startup success is entirely driven by culture

There are lots of ingredients to startup success, but for Concur CEO Steve Singh, one rises above them all. Speaking at the Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s “Entrepreneur University” on Friday in Seattle, Singh said that company culture is the most important aspect of startup that founders must think about. “Not only is company culture everything, but your success… Read More


No hoodie here: Facebook CEO marries longtime love

Wow, what a week. How else to describe the news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in a private ceremony this weekend just a few days following the company’s blockbuster IPO. From the AP: The couple married at his Palo Alto, Calif. home in front of fewer than 100 stunned… Read More


Photo Gallery: The characters of Emerald City Comicon

I’ve never seen so many geeks in one place. Emerald City Comicon — held this weekend at the Washington State Convention Center & Trade Center — attracted a wide array of trekkies, nerds and other characters, many of them wearing their favorite costumes from video games and sci-fi movies. I snapped some shots of the… Read More