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Startup: Company Values

At Zillow, occasionally, we’d have an all hands meeting to talk about Company Values. Everytime we’d have one of these, I’d be bored.

Last week. I was in a weird position. My company was getting to the point where company values were becoming important. So now, it’s my turn. Man, I should’ve paid more attention.

After much reflection, contemplation, and debate, here’s what we’ve come up with. Company values:

Transparency –
By far the most important value. Honesty, integrity, and moral character. Transparency is both a value of our people and a value for the site itself. Transparency encourages trust, trust begets teamwork, and teamwork fuels passion, innovation, and adventure.

Passion –
A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. With Passion, there is supernatural hard work, determination, and perserverance. Work is no longer work with passion. Nothing great in this world has ever been accomplished without Passion.

Team Player –
“Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.” – Michael Jordan.

Innovation –
Innovation = Intelligence + Creativity.
The intelligent are those who understand that they know nothing. Hire people smarter than you.
The creative are those who are insane and not afraid to get shot down time after time. Learn to be insane.

Adventure –
Life is an adventure. Never live a day without making something out of it. Take risks, have fun, make mistakes, and learn from it. You will never discover new land without losing sight of the shore.

There’s also a secret company value.  I’ll leave that one a secret for now.  :)

One response to “Startup: Company Values

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