Author: Bill Bean

Cultural revolution: Patty McCord on workplace innovation

At Netflix, where she was chief talent officer for 14 years, Patty McCord helped develop the Netflix Culture Deck, a blueprint to build a workplace driven by innovation and creativity rather than policies and performance reviews. Now principal of Patty McCord Consulting, McCord advises a select group of entrepreneurs on practices that lead people to excel every day. Before she brings her experience to the Waterloo Innovation Summit as a keynote speaker on Sept. 16, McCord shared some of her thoughts and knowledge about the role that employees play in innovation, disruption and growth. Q: What are the key...

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Waterloo Innovation Summit wraps up with bold challenge from Steve Blank

Waterloo Region could be a magnet for global entrepreneurial enterprise. The question is: Does it want to be? This was the bold question thrown out by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, one of the “Godfathers of Silicon Valley,” who made a rare speaking appearance outside California, at the Waterloo Innovation Summit. The summit, which concluded Friday after two full days of sessions, was co-hosted by Communitech and the University of Waterloo. Blank was speaking to 250 participants in the final session in the Communitech Hub, capping a day of golden predictions for the area’s future. Blank, an author, academic and...

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Waterloo Innovation Summit Day 1 highlights: Girding for an age of disruption

The host had it right: the Waterloo Innovation Summit started the day with the view that government needs to be more involved in innovation, and ended the day with the news that government can’t possibly cope with the disruptive-data future awaiting it. It was a huge landscape that event chair David Fransen surveyed as he welcomed an audience of 250 to the first full day of the annual innovation summit, at the University of Waterloo. The summit audience was still working over their morning coffee when they got a double-double of support for government’s role in the innovation economy....

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