Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha

Co-author of The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON August 19, 2015

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Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
Greetings! I'm Ben Casnocha. I'm an entrepreneur and author in San Francisco. I'm co-author of The Start-up of You, and The Alliance with Reid Hoffman. I served for two years as Reid's chief of staff at LinkedIn, and have founded many different companies in Silicon Valley. I'm also interested in politics, books, philosophy, and travel. Ask me anything! PLEASE REFRESH PAGE TO SEE LATEST ANSWERS
Andreas Klinger
Andreas Klinger@andreasklinger · Tech at Product Hunt 💃
At LinkedIn did you have a (mental or explicit) framework to decide if a person is a fit for the overall company? What kind of compromises did you have to do or where accepted? How did you define/share ownership on this decisions?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@andreasklinger I'm not speaking on behalf of LinkedIn here. But I will say that in any organization as large as LI you will see as many cultures as there are managers. Sure, there are overarching values and principles that Reid and Jeff set, but there's so much diversity within so many different groups, that "fit" will really depend on the specific circumstances. It's key difference between 5 person startup and a BigCo. All that said, my personal take on LinkedIn values generally is that there are a lot of nice people who work there -- big hearts -- and so assholes tend not to survive long. LI employees for the most part are driven, competitive, super smart, etc. but *also* compassionate. This stems first from Reid's huge heart and also from Jeff's belief in compassionate management. It differentiates Linkedin from a lot of other tech firms in terms of values and the makeup of employees.
Brad Feld
Brad Feld@bfeld · Managing Director, Foundry Group
How do you write? What's your process?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@bfeld I do not get up at 5am every day to write, as so many other writers do... I do my best writing at night -- night owls, unite! Another key difference for me is I tend not to place a lot of stock in outlines. I don't thoroughly outline my thoughts before writing. Actual full prose writing is the process of figuring out what I want to say. Thus, there's a lot of revising and editing and scrapping old stuff. Outlines are overrated -- how do you know what you want to say before you say it?! I think Joan Didion or someone said something like that.
AJ
AJ@alanaut24 · Engitrepresigner
@bencasnocha yay for night owls! My family thinks I'm crazy because most of my work is from 10pm - 5am.
Jessie A. Young
Jessie A. Young@jessieay · Developer, 18F
In the career advice space, the million dollar question is “What should I do with my life?” What do you make of that question and how do you guys talk about it in Start-up of You?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jessieay When it comes to the question "What should I do with my life?" you often hear three different common pieces of advice. Some say "play to your strengths." In other words, figure out what you're good at, and go do that. Some say "follow your passion." In other words, figure out what you like to do, and build a life around that. And then others say "figure out what the market needs and go do that." This is the Tiger Mom approach. I.e., there’s a nursing shortage in California? Go become a nurse. What’s problematic is that each of these common pieces of advice, when taken on their own, is insufficient. What if your passion is playing the violin or something else that’s awfully hard to monetize? Or what if you’re not passionate about what you’re good at? And if you just pursue a career based on what the market needs, you may not be able to do it for very long because you may not enjoy it. This is why in The Start-up of You we talk about developing a competitive advantage by intersecting all three considerations — your assets (strengths), aspirations (values, passions, etc), and the market realities. Fit those three puzzle pieces together to arrive at a smart Plan A for your career. How can you leverage your strengths to achieve some of your aspirations while navigating the realities around you? You'll necessarily have to trade off on some things along the way. For example, I love writing and am decent at it, but it's so hard to monetize writing ability on its own, so I integrated that skill/strength into an arena where the market realities are more favorable (business). Finally, the answers to any of these questions will change. Your assets change. Your aspirations change. The market changes. You always have to iterate on your plans to account for these changes. There's no one right, permanent answer to the question...
Chris Schroeder
Chris Schroeder@cmschroed · investor
@bencasnocha I do think there are however more true answers than right ones. The latter is an intellectual exercise, often based on meetings others' judgement. The former is you looking at the mirror. A warning if one leans too heavily to the latter -- tho good Socratic advice can help that mirror conversation! :)
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@cmschroed Agreed, though sometimes looking at the mirror can prompt confusion or uncertainty as well. Self-knowledge doesn't come naturally to many people!
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@bencasnocha Hey Ben. You wrote a great piece on what you learned spending 10,000 hours with Reid Hoffman. What did he learn spending 10,000 hours with you? Phrased another way, or perhaps this is another question, what is your core competence? What are you uniquely best at? http://casnocha.com/reid-hoffman...
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@eriktorenberg You'd have to ask him. :) I'd say one core competence is how to distill and communicate complex concepts to a general audience. For a lot of the initiatives we were working on, this came in handy.
Sagar
Sagar@cigardubey · Founder
@bencasnocha How can one learn this? What's the hardest thing you've had to breakdown?
Karen Marie Mason
Karen Marie Mason@karen_marie_mason · Founder of Artist Launch label services
What are you ideas and views about tech and start ups in Africa.
Caroline Fairchild
Caroline Fairchild@cfair1 · New Economy Editor, LinkedIn
@bencasnocha, what's your take on the contract worker debate? Do we need a third class of worker for the on-demand economy?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@cfair1 I liked Simon Rothman's piece on Linkedin on this topic. :) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/r... I do think we'll see an evolution of the laws around employee classification. But I'm not optimistic this will happen soon. And so I suspect companies will wrestle with the traditional 1099 vs. W2 issue for some time. It's a risk point in any business that relies upon these sorts of workers.
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@cfair1 I liked Simon Rothman's piece on Linkedin on this topic. :) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/r... I do think we'll see an evolution of the laws around employee classification. But I'm not optimistic this will happen soon. And so I suspect companies will wrestle with the traditional 1099 vs. W2 issue for some time. It's a risk point in any business that relies upon these sorts of workers.
Christina Kehoe
Christina Kehoe@christina_kehoe
What compelled you to write The Alliance? What was the moment you knew you needed to get it in ink?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@christinaakehoe After The Start-up of You came out, Reid and I heard from a lot of companies asking a simple question: How do we attract and manage employees who are thinking entrepreneurially? Who embrace the principles in that book? And we realized that companies needed a whole new framework for relating to talent if they wanted a chance to effectively recruit and manage someone who's an intelligent risk taker, network builder, adapter, etc. So we wrote a piece in HBR describing this "new employer-employee compact," and our theory around tours of duty. The feedback was so positive and overwhelming that we expanded our thinking into a book. Now, we're helping companies walk the walk on the ideas in the book. So far the results are very promising.
Christina Kehoe
Christina Kehoe@christina_kehoe
@bencasnocha Thank you for answering my question. Back in April, you came to speak at my company, Infusionsoft, that talk has impacted many conversations here since regarding leadership and the idea that employees take tours of duty in their careers. Thank you for writing The Alliance. :)
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@christinaakehoe Awesome to hear! Thanks Christina.
Benjamin Schroeder
Benjamin Schroeder@benrschroeder
What advice would you have for a young person who wishes to become an effective member/manager as I enter the workforce?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@benrschroeder Study those people you admire, deconstruct their successes and failures, and try to articulate the generalizable lessons that you can incorporate into your own life. Let those who've come before you be a guide... :)
Satyajeet
Satyajeet@iamdeveloper · iWonder
@bencasnocha Hey! Any advice for young college dropouts, who are interested in Tech?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@iamdeveloper First, don't call yourself a wantrepreneur. :) Self-defeating self-talk is not a good starting point! I would identify some people you admire who are a notch or two ahead of you in their career, and reach out and offer to add value for free. Do free work. Start showing you can add value as a side project volunteer. Try to break in that way.
Chris Schroeder
Chris Schroeder@cmschroed · investor
@bencasnocha there's been a ton of banter on the nytimes amazon piece. Is it a good thing/bad thing/even accurate. I have a different question. From the alliance perspective what is the right way for an organization to handle a piece like that? What honors the contract between employee and employer?
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@cmschroed this is a great question
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@cmschroed I can't say how accurate that piece was. Most people I know who work/worked at Amazon love it. From an Alliance perspective, honesty and transparency is key. If an employee signs up for a tour of duty expecting to work long hours in a fast paced, competitive environment -- then that's fine. It was the agreement. My sense is that this IS the compact at Amazon -- and it works for them. What's problematic is if either side is not honest about their expectations, time horizons, etc. As you like to say Chris, "no surprises!" That's one essence of an Alliance compact. I would also add that I think Amazon's explicit compact with employees is premised on the joys of innovation and professional growth, NOT perks and lifestyle, like a lot of big tech companies.
Morgan Beller
Morgan Beller@beller · Corporate Development, Facebook
@bencasnocha - What are 3 ideas for potential next books you might write?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@beller Here's a book someone should write, but not me: The Four Hour Body for sleep. Spend a year trying everything with respect to sleep -- take every pill, try every mattress, every sort of black out shade, eye masks, etc. Plus study the research and talk to every expert. Weave it all together. There's no killer book on sleep yet, and it's such an important topic and at the heart of what makes us happy/moody etc.
Christina Kehoe
Christina Kehoe@christina_kehoe
@bencasnocha Sounds like a task for Tim Ferriss
Abi Tyas Tunggal
Abi Tyas Tunggal@abityastunggal · Special Projects, Spaceship
John Lilly
John Lilly@johnolilly1
Ben! What's next for you? More thinking about the Alliance? New book? More work with organizations? Something else??
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@johnolilly Figuring out how to spend more time with you John, for one! About half the time now is on helping companies adopt the Alliance -- really walking the walk and changing the culture. Learning a lot. The other half is incubating new startup ideas / investing / doing crazy side projects. One macro path is a focused life and the other macro path is more a portfolio life. Right now I'm operating portfolio and debating whether I should lean back into focused. This will be the subject of a forthcoming essay!
Julia Schroeder
Julia Schroeder@juliacschroeder
Being an entrepreneur appears to involve facing and moving past a certain amount of skepticism/rejection/etc. At the same time, the Startup of You seemed to suggest that entrepreneurs have to be willing to "pivot" readily from plan a to plan b. How does one know when to persist with an idea and when to move on to the next one?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@juliacschroeder When to pivot and when to persist is THE question! I use my network for this. When I begin to lose faith in a certain thesis, I cross check the assumptions that I had with people in my network who I trust, to get feedback on whether it's time to pivot.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hey Ben! What's something you've changed your mind on recently?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@ems_hodge I used to think "wanting to change the world" -- commonly heard from entrepreneurs -- was rational and clear and intuitive. Now I'm not so sure. :)
Stockbuyer2015
Stockbuyer2015@stockbuyer2015
@bencasnocha whats the most interesting thing working with Reid Hoffman?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@stockbuyer2015 Reid is a firehose of ideas. The creativity is astounding. Idea after idea after idea. Rapid fire pace.
Sagar
Sagar@cigardubey · Founder
@bencasnocha thanks for all the great stuff you've written Ben - what are your future plans?
Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday@ryanholiday · Author, Ego is the Enemy
@bencasnocha What book are you reading right now?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@ryanholiday I'm reading "Far From the Tree" by Andrew Solomon, about parents of kids with disabilities. It's a remarkably sensitive book that's teaching me a lot about subcultures like the deaf community. Apparently his TED Talk is amazing, too.
Sagar
Sagar@cigardubey · Founder
@bencasnocha I'd recommend his work on depression
Guillem Carbonell
Guillem Carbonell@ubikretail · Ubik.bz
@bencasnocha Hi Ben! What should be the role of graphic/UI/product/UX designers in the decision-making process of the organization? Should they accommodate the CEO's opinion or rely on their own criteria? Thanks.
Nikola Stojic
Nikola Stojic@zeusoft · Developer of Ubuntu Budgie/Blogger
@bencasnocha Hey Ben! What's your opinion on management/marketing focused startup for startups? In my opinion taking care of pr,marketing,management,hiring,connecting with investors, and letting startups focus on work seems as plausible business model. Looking forward to your answer :)
Michael Flores
Michael Flores@mike_flores23 · Crafting Ms, Vs, and Cs
@bencasnocha you mention politics as one of your other interests. I'm a poli sci major who minored in computer science. I'm curious what you think about the increasing importance of technologies in campaigns. Do you see any new trends emerging in terms of making campaigns or government more responsive to what voters actually want? What do you think about Brigade? How do you feel about the direction our politics is moving in general? Thanks! :)
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@mike_flores23 I can't say I'm optimistic about the direction of our politics generally, but politics is probably becoming less important in terms of real change in the world. The rise of unconventional, apolitical actors or organizations is one of the stories of our age. In terms of tech in campaigns specifically, I only see it getting more important. I'd love to see if we could innovate on public opinion surveying -- these polls are always cited and comprise a big part of how we understand ourselves. E.g. "55% of Americans believe X..." Can tech made those surveys more reliable, more timely, more broad based?
Michael Flores
Michael Flores@mike_flores23 · Crafting Ms, Vs, and Cs
@bencasnocha thanks for your response. I agree in general, when thinking about the relative importance of politics to solving problems. Although it seems clear that some very large problems (climate change) require some political component. For public opinion surveying, have you kept abreast of the strides SurveyMonkey is making in this area? Pretty impressive.
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@bencasnocha Sounds like a blockchain startup idea. :)
Nathan Guo
Nathan Guo@nathan_yg · VC Intern at Lux Capital
@bencasnocha What is the most comparable occupation/skillset to being chief of staff?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@nathan_yg There are so many different types of "chief of staff" -- one tricky thing is the job title can mean so many different things in different contexts. In some cases, chief of staff can mean glorified project manager. In other cases, it can mean SVP of a major division with thousands of employees.
Amit Jain
Amit Jain@gravicle · iOS Engineer
Hey Ben! How would you describe your religious beliefs?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@gravicle At present I'd consider myself a pro-religion non-believer (Tyler Cowen's phrase!). I'm not a believer myself, but I respect other people's beliefs and think that on net religion has done more good than bad in the world. I've written a lot about meditation on my blog so I am exploring certain spiritual avenues as well...
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
@bencasnocha Q. Given your work since, how would the Alliance change if you wrote it today?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@bentossell One thing we've learned in the last year is that career development as an overall employee engagement initiative inside companies is often badly misunderstood. Partly it's because the very definition of a modern career has changed quite a bit in the last couple decades. With the Alliance, we're focused on helping managers lead higher quality 1:1 career conversations with their directs. If we had to change the book today, I'd add even more Start-up of You like content in the book so that both employees and managers can think properly about what success means and what a 21st century career looks like -- in order to facilitate a high quality and honest conversation between manager and employee, which then leads to better goal setting, performance management, and ultimately employee satisfaction.
Jeffrey Li
Jeffrey Li@jefffli
@bencasnocha If you had the opportunity to meet whoever you wanted, dead or alive, who would it be?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jefffli Ben Franklin. He was amazing. Plus he had a great first name.
Dave Craige
Dave Craige@davecraige · Founder of TheStudio.io
Ben, do you have any suggestions for tools/sites that young startups can use to hire great designers, devs, researchers quickly?
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Tyler Cowen desperately wants to know: "Ben, what is the question you always wanted to ask me, but somehow were afraid to, or never got around to, or...?"
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@eriktorenberg I'd ask him, "Tyler, what are we both learning at the meta level, by you asking a question to me about asking a question to you?"
Lukas Fittl
Lukas Fittl@lukasfittl · Product Hunt
@bencasnocha Thanks for taking the time to do a LIVE Chat here! Two questions I'd be curious about: - Who are your favorite interviewers / what are your favorite podcasts? - What is your favorite interview question? :)
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@lukasfittl I love Russ Roberts on Econtalk as an interviewer. My meta point on interview questions is it's not about the question, it's about the follow-up questions. :)
Daniel Morse
Daniel Morse@dfmorse23 · LearnZillion
@bencasnocha what are the top 3 skills Universities should teach? And how should they teach them?
Corley
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
Hey there. If you were to write Startup of You today, what would be different?
Isaac Carroo
Isaac Carroo@true_carroo · Student
@bencasnocha I just got back from working in Taiwan. Do you think the principles in your book are globally applicable?
Chris Schroeder
Chris Schroeder@cmschroed · investor
That was a jack Schroeder question ben. His friend cookies his Twitter account :)
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@true_carroo Definitely. Some more than others, but the general framework is globally applicable esp to white collar workers in modern economies.
Anup Gosavi
Anup Gosavi@_anupg · Building Spext.co
@bencasnocha What are your thoughts on remote working and building a remote team?
Irina Jordan
Irina Jordan@irinajordan · Director of Inbound Marketing
What is the best approach to educate an old school management team coming in on the more entrepreneurial business approach that's new to them and holds lots of value / proven already? Thanks!
Andrew Cho
Andrew Cho@mrandrewcho
@bencasnocha I've been following you since you wrote "My Startup Life", and know you've interacted with pretty knowledgable and respectable people at a very young age. How did you manage to "play with the big boys" without getting taken advantage of or underestimated?
Jacqueline von Tesmar
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What drives you the most professionally? If it’s your impact, how do you go about measuring it?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jacqvon I'd like to say it's the desire to learn new things -- personal/professional growth. I find that so rewarding. Admittedly, I'm probably driven by status considerations more than is ideal. Most of us are.
Jeff Needles
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
@bencasnocha What's next? do you plan to write more books? How do you think about vs starting a company or doing something else? 😻
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jsneedles Thinking about starting more companies or investing in more companies. Probably a break from writing books for now. Always struggling to combine my entrepreneurial instincts with my wannabe public intellectual instincts. :)
Daniel Morse
Daniel Morse@dfmorse23 · LearnZillion
@bencasnocha What role does asking-for-advice play in career development? Could you codify best practice or principles for asking-for-advice?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@dfmorse23 Search my blog for advice giving and advice receiving. I've written some about this topic. It's a fascinating one. And definitely worth thinking about at a meta level since giving and getting advice is something all of us engage in every day. The one thing I'd say here is that be very aware of an advice giver's biases. Even if they're super smart and super successful, what might be motivating them to say what they're saying to you? Of course, the most common bias is they lack motivation or empathy to understand YOU, and so they end up giving advice to a younger version of themselves. Generally, also, avoid asking for advice directly. Watch their actions. Read between the lines of what they say on related topics.
Jeff Umbro
Jeff Umbro@jeffumbro · CEO of The podglomerate
@bencasnocha do you have a favorite (or several) management book(s)?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jeffumbro Peter Drucker's "The Effective Executive" is great. Check out my blog for more book reviews.
Jerry Michalski
Jerry Michalski@jerrymichalski · President, REX
@bencasnocha how have you tackled your 40%? What has worked best? What % not effective would you realistically say you are now?
Jerry Michalski
Jerry Michalski@jerrymichalski · President, REX
@jerrymichalski btw, here you are in my Brain: https://webbrain.com/u/18Bm
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jerrymichalski Say the question again? Not sure I understand. That 40% line was about Reid, not me...
Jerry Michalski
Jerry Michalski@jerrymichalski · President, REX
@bencasnocha yup. I was asking about whatever proportion of *your* time you felt was spent ineffectively, and what you've done about it that's worked. And where that % might have landed.
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@jerrymichalski I'm not realizing 100% of my potential, that's for sure. I'm not sure what my percentage. I'll have to think about that. :)
Evan Petrack
Evan Petrack@petrev01 · People Researcher; Loves GIS & Data
Hey Ben! So, what advice would you have for a younger [gentle]man working in the staffing and recruiting industry in DC, trying to update the practices of the small company he works for? We leverage linkedin alot, but success of our social media accounts (@caprr) have been mixed! Thoughts?
Daniel Morse
Daniel Morse@dfmorse23 · LearnZillion
What are the top 3 things universities should be teaching students?
Daniel Morse
Daniel Morse@dfmorse23 · LearnZillion
@dfmorse23 and how can those things best be taught?
Adpreneurs
Adpreneurs@adpreneurs · Founder of Adpreneurs (Make Shit Happen)
Hi @bencasnocha, through your time in LinkedIn, what were your biggest learnings about people? What about their online profiles and behaviour separated the talkers, from the doers, the innovators, from the workers? was there any aspects of their online behaviour on the platform that lead to any conclusions psychologically?
Chris Schroeder
Chris Schroeder@cmschroed · investor
@adpreneurs and did this change over stage of the growth of linkedin?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@cmschroed @adpreneurs I wasn't at LI in the super early days so can't speak to how it changed. One big takeaway from being around Linkedin was how important it is to be working on the key projects. The best people managed to get themselves on the most important projects at the company -- the projects that also received a lot of executive attention. In any large company, being able to communicate and navigate politics is an important and -- to startup people -- non-obvious skill. So much of getting stuff done has to do with cross-functional communication and collaboration. Your average startup product manager or engineer doesn't have those skills.
Ayrton De Craene
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Clearbit
Who are your 3 favorite authors?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@ayrtonbe Not necessarily top three but I'll throw out a few: Jonathan Franzen, Caitlin Flanagan, Zadie Smith...
Eliot Peper
Eliot Peper@eliotpeper · author
@bencasnocha The Startup of You applied entrepreneurial thinking to individual careers. The Alliance reframed the social contract of employment. What new trends/ideas/questions are you following closely now?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@eliotpeper Thinking a lot about how the two ideas work together -- Startup of You and Alliance -- in order to effect great change within an organization. I'm also thinking a lot about how what's historically been the purview of the Valley (tech entrepreneurship) is now a global phenomenon.
Eliot Peper
Eliot Peper@eliotpeper · author
@bencasnocha on your point about Valley thinking becoming a global phenomenon, I think you'd really enjoy this collection of essays: http://breakingsmart.com/
Korbin H
Korbin H@k1ix · Engineering @ Product Hunt / AngelList
@bencasnocha What are your frameworks for thinking about networking strategy?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@k1ix I think our 20,000 words on networks in our book The Start-up of You is the best on the topic. :)
David Haddad
David Haddad@daveying99 · Publiseek
@bencasnocha going back to the temp worker debate, what are your thoughts on worker cooperatives / temp worker owned companies as a way to balance the power structure between the company and its 'partners'?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@daveying99 Not optimistic about worker cooperatives. The power balance will have a lot to do with the specific skill set / functional areas we're talking about. For workers with in-demand skills, this will never be an issue.
Daniel Morse
Daniel Morse@dfmorse23 · LearnZillion
@bencasnocha Do you think polyamory will become mainstream in the US in the next 10 years? Or do you think the institution of marriage will change?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@dfmorse23 I predict polyamory will be legal within 20 years. And yes, with longer life spans, I suspect in time we're evolve expectations around marriage.
Kunal Bhatia
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
@bencasnocha How much does company culture matter in comparison to the work any one individual is doing? What is better - if they love the culture, but don't like the work OR if they hate the culture, but love the work?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@kunalslab "Culture" can be a nebulous idea. See my other answer on this thread about as many cultures as there are managers. I'd focus on the work you're doing, the day to day experience you're having.
Gabriel Nul
Gabriel Nul@gabnul · Digital Marketing Consultant
In a "networked age", in early stage tech Start-ups, do you foresee an increase of more global teams or still a SF centric world?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@gabnul I see SF becoming less important over time. The rise of the rest is one of the central stories of our time.
Michael Hwan
Michael Hwan@michaelhwan
What chapters did you write in The Alliance and why did you bring on a third author?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@michaelhwan It was a collaborative process on each page of the book. We brought in Chris because he was a close friend and passionate about the ideas and was super valuable to helping get the project done on time.
Doug Astor
Doug Astor@theezaven · product hunter-gatherer
After one discovers the "Startup of You", what should be one's goal in the next step of their career to get there fastest?
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha@bencasnocha
@theezaven Figure out who's in your tribe and who should be part of your tribe who isn't. Get the right people on the bus, in other words.
Karen Marie Mason
Karen Marie Mason@karen_marie_mason · Founder of Artist Launch label services
What are you ideas about tech and start ups in Africa. If any?
Jaime Manjavacas
Jaime Manjavacas@cuentafakejaime · Jaime Manjavacas Cordoba
@bencasnocha Which is the best way to make a new gaming app known by the gamers??
Elyse Bogacz
Elyse Bogacz@elysebogacz · Designer, Driftt
@bencasnocha Really curious if you have any advice for women who are interested in moving up into leadership? Some companies have worked hard to create great cultures - but I think there's still obvious room for improvement, especially in tech. Any thoughts?
Giovanni De Domenico
Giovanni De Domenico@giovannidd92 · student, wannabe entrepreneur
@bencasnocha hi Ben, I would like to ask you some advices about how to choose among the ideas one can have. I want to found my own startup and I have many ideas but I do not know from which I could start. Which criteria do you think can be the main ones? thank you in advance
Brent Summers
Brent Summers@brentsum · Founder, Code-Free Startup
@bencasnocha Thanks for stopping by. What keeps you up at night?