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Scott Allison
Las Vegas, NV
Scottish; founder & CEO of Teamly, on a mission to help build better companies. Forbes contributor.
Interests: business, tech, culture, entrepreneurship, web, internet, SaaS
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Blaine, We viewed this house today, and then stumbled across the "before". All I can say is "wow!" You guys have done an *amazing* job; it is an exquisite transformation.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Oh My... at RedneckModern
This house is back on the market (May 2015). Do you know which model type this is? I'd be interested in seeing an original floor plan. I think there's been some modification to the original atrium. Any light you can shed on this would be great!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2015 on Eichler for sale: 3707 Merridan Dr. at RedneckModern
I guess you're probably being deliberately provacative with this post, but you're far off the mark this time. I have no first-hand experience of holacracy but have done a fair bit of research into it recently. As far as I can tell the fundamental concept is of "distributed autocratic authority". This is in no way comparable with communism, which I assume why you brought up Russia. In a holacracy, decision-making is distributed to individuals. It is supposed to be explicit who has the final say on a particular issue. In most organisations it's entirely opaque who is responsible for a particular area. This results in a lot of things getting left undone. By the way, each circle has a "lead link", who I guess is a more senior and experienced person, so once again not everyone is equal. Your third point, where you say "You're tired of people who aren't as smart as you having the same voice in decisions" is therefore misunderstanding holacracy, but it also is disingenuous about the nature of most orgs. Big companies are packed full of people who have been promoted beyond their competency and others that no one has the balls to fire. These people are deadwood, but because their responsibilities are vague they are never held to account, so carry on in the shadows drawing a pay check and pissing everyone else off! So don't pretend that standard management structures are without fault. All this said, I am slightly sceptical of holacracy myself, and the main reason for that is how complex it sounds. The simpler the structure the better, and reading the holacracy constitution it sounds pretty complex. I'm intrigued to hear more about it though and how Zappos and others fare with it. I wonder if another untalked of benefit of Holacracy is in succession planning? More to find out about this I think!
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Next time you're in Vegas you should check out the Downtown Project. Led by Tony Hsieh of Zappos, this is investing $350M to create a vibrant and connected urban core. Our HR tech startup, Teamly moved here in January this year. Let me know if I can help connect you with what's happening here!
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You nailed it! My favourite questions in an interview are "what did you like/not like about your last job". I repeat that constantly, and just let them talk... the real person (usually) emerges
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Good luck with the move! Of course the internets will be all around you, so as long as you have broadband you'll be just around the corner.
That's excellent! Well done!
The US really should do whatever it can to make it easy for founders to come to the USA as a lot of countries are making it really hard for their local entrepreneurs to set up and succeed at home. So there is demand for supportive environments and the US could fill it! If it does so the USA will strengthen its protective moat in tech (to use a Buffettism). This post of mine after a panel discussion at Le Web in Paris explains what the problem is with tech entrepreneurship in Europe. http://ascottallison.wordpress.com/2009/12/10/whats-wrong-with-tech-entrepreneurship-in-europe/
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2009 on Founder Visas: A Good Idea at Super LP
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