Startups are learning machines


Microsoft CEOSatya Nadella has a great quote in the article in The Wall Street Journal by Jay Greene entitled CEO Satya Nadella Seeks to Change Microsoft’s Image.

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella is pushing the company to shed its not-invented-here approach and learn where it can improve.

“We want to push to be more of a learn-it-all culture than a know-it-all culture,” Mr. Nadella said Monday during an appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference.

Investors and others often ask “what is your sustainable competitive advantage?” I think there are only two: learning more and faster and being continuously more creative than your competitors.

So when hiring for your startup, don’t just hire staff for what they know, hire them for how well and how quickly they can learn, for in technology moves so quickly that what you learned in school may well be obsolete by the time you graduate.

Continuous learning needs to be part of the corporate culture, starting with the founders if it is to make your startup a learning machine and a “learn-it-all” culture rather than a learn it all culture.

Author: Mentorphile

Mentor, coach, and advisor to entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. General manager with significant experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Focus on media and information. On founding team of four venture-backed companies. Currently Chairman of Popsleuth, Inc., maker of the Endorfyn app for keeping fans updated on new stuff from their favorite artists.

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