GUEST MENTOR, Maynard Webb, founder of Webb Investment Network: It’s often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when it comes to startup culture, following the fad of the day is a recipe for failure. Cultures that simply emulate what someone else has built — whether it’s a me-too foosball table or giving everyone job titles with the word ninja in them — will never last.
The best way to build a strong culture is to start at the beginning by paying attention to the founders’ values and thinking about what types of practices will celebrate and extend them. A strong culture is a genuine culture. Authenticity matters…….