The fall 2013 WHIR magazine issue is all about hiring: how to find and keep the best people needed to make your web hosting company successful. In working on this issue so far, I’ve heard from a range of people in the industry and learned about how they go about sourcing the best talent, and the strategies they use for holding on to their key employees.
Of course, the core of a successful company is its culture. In a Q&A with the New York Times on Friday, DreamHost CEO Simon Anderson offers a glimpse into the culture of DreamHost, a company that is known for its fun, laid back spirit (I’m pretty sure DreamHost had the foam finger before Miley was even born).
Another key to its company culture is democracy. For instance, did you know that Anderson was actually elected as CEO by DreamHost employees?
There are several great tidbits in the interview, but this is one quote that really stood out to me:
When people talk about culture, they often think that culture is about the lunches and that sort of thing. We don’t really see culture like that. Culture’s a full-contact sport. You’re fighting for what you believe in. Culture is debate. It’s argument. It’s messy, and for culture to be strong, people have to be fighting and challenging each other.
You can read the full interview on the New York Times’ website.
How would you describe your company culture?