They say that it takes a village to raise a child to a productive adult. This got us thinking that, this is also the same with a start-up or a start-up idea. It takes a village to raise a start-up, starting from the idea, founder, mentors, investors, customers and employees.
Here is the village that has helped us through the process of thinking a new way for people to come together to test a software product, which is 100 times more productive and useful than traditional means of testing software. These are the though leaders who have influenced 99tests right from the creation of the idea to the current vibrant community of passionate testers.
Gary Hamel – Reinventing the future of Human Accomplishment
Gary Hamel has been a huge influence in our thinking about the future. He is the author of The Future of Management. His idea that the company of the future needs to be a place where it can survive the exponential rate of change, i.e there are areas where the growth rates are exponential and a company of the future has to be able to exploit exponential rate of change by having employees who are Adaptable. The second requirement for the 21st Century company is to be able to advance in the face of hypercompetation in the market place by competitors and advance to commodity status, The only way for company to grow in the face of hyper competition is to be Innovative. The third requirement is that the half life of knowledge advantage is shirking and the company needs to be Inspiring for its employees to create new knowledge advantage.
John Hagel, John Seely Brown – The Power of Pull
John Hagel & John Seely Brown have guided us in thinking about passion and what are the conditions that passionate people come together. They are the authors of The Power of Pull. This has shaped our thinking on how a company has to transform itself from aiming for scalable efficieny to scalable peer to peer learning.
Passionate people have an explorer mindset with a questioning disposition and a deep connection with folks of shared interests
The Level of Passion is inversely related to the size of the institution
Levels of Passion in US workforce: On average only 20% of the workforce is passionate of what they are doing
Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus, Here Comes Everybody
Clay Shirky has given insights on how groups collaborate out side of institutional structures and in his latest book Cognitive Surplus talks about how groups can self manage resources.
Ricardo Semler – Maverick, Seven Day Weekend
Ricardo Semler is CEO of Semco, Where for nearly 25 years, Brazil-based Semco, has let his employees set their own hours, wages, even choose their own IT. The result: increased productivity, long-term loyalty and phenomenal growth.