Cultivate Conference 2013: Video Compilation
By O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2013
Run time: 4 hours 44 minutes

Learn tricks to help cultivate your tech company

Where can you get salient advice to help your tech company succeed? At O’Reilly’s Cultivate event in New York, leaders from eight technology-based firms shared stories and strategies for putting together teams and companies. This complete video compilation lets capture every moment from this inspiring one-day gathering, held in October 2013.

Executives including Tim O’Reilly, Elaine Wherry (meebo), and Kate Matsudaira (popforms) offered attendees a concentrated dose of wisdom, camaraderie, and practical tools for crafting the right technology strategy, growing an exceptional team, and creating processes that work—things that technical leaders need to know about people, business, and technology.

Download these videos or stream them through our HD player, and tune into presentations including:

  • How I Failed—Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media): You can build a successful business, but fail to cultivate your company culture.
  • Cracking the Culture Code—Elaine Wherry (meebo): Learn how highly strategic cultural thinking ultimately makes or breaks every company.
  • What *Do* You Do All Day?—Kate Matsudaira (popforms): To let your team do what they’re good at, give them the tools and trust they need.
  • Living with Complete Email Transparency—Patrick Collison (Stripe): Learn how making all email communication accessible to any employee has affected company culture.
  • How to Create a Culture of Shipping Product Continuously—Hiten Shah (CrazyEgg / KISSmetrics): Create a culture of shipping product continuously without compromising your company values.
  • Leading from First Principles—Scott Chacon (GitHub): Approach business decisions based on what you want to accomplish, not on what other companies have done.
  • Leveraging Logic as a Leader—Patty McCord (Patty McCord Consulting): Understand the tenants of a high performance culture of innovation.
  • I Hate Meetings—Michael Lopp (Palantir Technologies): Meetings are often wielded as a means of control and not a mechanism for clear communication.
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    Comments about oreilly Cultivate Conference 2013: Video Compilation:

    I was skeptical at first, but I really wanted to check what GitHub was going to say about their culture. At the end, I really enjoyed it. My personal favorites were:
    - Learning From First Principles by Scott Chacon (GitHubber). Scott is awesome! He talks about GitHub evolution and how their culture revolves around it.
    - Cracking The Culture Code by Elaine Wherry (meebo). I had to look at this video twice. I'm not sure why, but I am glad that I gave it another shot. She explained what does it mean "culture" and what you should look at when you are building it - artifacts. For example, a lot of companies have free food, but the reason is different.
    - I Hate Meetings by Michael Lopp (Palantir Technologies) was also pretty insightful and I'm implementing some of his teachings at work.
    - How to Create a Culture of Shipping Product Continuously by Hiten Shah (CrazzyEgg/KISSMetrics). This is perhaps my favorite presentation. If you are in love with product development as I am, you'll really enjoy Hiten's presentation. This presentation is well worth it. I took tons of notes and I'm currently implementing it at work.
    - Leveraging Logic as a Leader by Patty McCord (consultant) was just plain hilarious! It's one of those presentations that you laugh because what she's saying it's true. She talks about the culture of Netflix and how they were able to innovate by stop doing some things in HR - no vacation policy.

    The only reason why I didn't give it a "perfect" is because I was disappointed with O'Reilly's presentation. I thought it was OK, but not excellent. I understand that he was just trying to tell the story and how its company failed. But I thought it was a little plain.

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    Really inspiring

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    Comments about oreilly Cultivate Conference 2013: Video Compilation:

    The Cultivate Conference " is a one-day event for leaders (and inspiring leaders) at technology companies to hear directly from successful tech founders and managers, learn from each other, and come away inspired to build companies that make a difference." (

    I found especially the talks from Tim O'Reilly, Scott Chacon and Patty McCord really inspiring.
    If you like books like "Team Geek" (By Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman, O'Reilly), you will like these talks.

    The Compilation includes 7 Talks and the Opening Remarks. All together the videos have a length of nearly 5 ½ hours. The quality of the Videos and the Tone is good. Sometimes the Camera is shaking a bit but that's does not disturb much.

    The Talks in detail:
    How I Failed (40 minutes) - Tim O'Reilly (Founder of O'Reilly Media)
    This talk is based on Tim O'Reillys article "How I failed". Tim talks about 6 failures where O'Reilly failed as an organization in the past. This is a great talk.

    Cracking the Culture Code (32 minutes) - Elain Wherry (Co-founder of Meebo)
    Elain shows that culture is not just about free fruits and coffee in a company. She illustrates how important cultural thinking is. At the end of the talk Elain had some problems with her microphone which makes her sometimes hard to understand and I had to view this talk twice to really understand it (but it was definitely worth the time).

    What *Do* You Do All Day? (38 minutes) - Kate Matsudaira (Popfroms)
    Kate talks about leadership and how you can still lead effectively in flat organizations. This is a great and interesting talk.

    How to Create a Culture of Shipping Product Continuously (39 minutes) - Hiten Shah (Founder and president of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg)
    From the description of the talk, Hiten should talk about how to create a culture of shipping without compromising your company values. But actually there is not much about shipping continuously in his talk. I didn't get much out of this talk.

    Leading from First Principles (46 minutes) - Scott Chacon (CIO of GitHub)
    This talk is very interesting. You get some insights on how things are done at GitHub. The bottom line of this talk is that you should make decisions based on what you are trying to accomplish. Don't just do things, because other companies have done them. I think this is a great talk.

    Leveraging Logic as a Leader (41 minutes) - Patty McCord (former chief talent officer Netflix, now Patty McCord Consulting)
    This talk is manly about honesty and truth and dealing with engineers. This talk is very funny and inspiring.

    I Hate Meetings (43 minutes) – Michael Lopp (Rands) (Director of Engineering at Palantir)
    As the title says, this talk is all about meetings. Especially the ones where no decisions are made and people are just talking without any conclusions. This is an interesting and good talk.

    The talk "Nothing to Hide: Living with Complete Email Transparency" from Patrick Collison is not part of this Video compilation.

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