Your cap table is your culture

One of my biggest learnings during my time as CEO is that “your cap table is your culture.” Cap table is short for capitalization table, which refers to a table that shows the breakdown of a company’s shareholders % ownership. In other words, the culture of an organization will ultimately reflect the values of its majority owners. Attempts by management to fight against this axiom are wasteful.

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Startup, CultureRick Lindquist
How good do you want to be?

My parents always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be. I believed them. It’s not how good I am, it’s how good I want to be. In It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, Paul Arden examines this concept in detail. I’ve converted my favorite takeaways and quotes from Arden’s book into personal mantras below. Each of these statements is powerful and deep in its own right.

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3 steps for Constructive Disruption

Innovative companies win by disrupting stale industries. When a new entrant challenges the existing model with a disruptive innovation, the incumbents respond predictably. Smear campaigns. Anti-disruptor regulation. Frivolous law suits. Whatever will slow down the new entrant and its disruptive innovation.

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