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Weekly insights from an Entreprenuer: To spend one year as a tiger is better than to live forever as sheep

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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.  :)

My First Step

I finally did it. I quit Zillow – possibly one of the best companies to work for. I’m an idiot.

That was last Friday. Today is Monday, which means today is my first official day of umemployment. First days need to be extra special – so at the request of my very good friend Mr HaukeG, Lead Awesomeness X-Designer at Zillow, I’m starting the legendary “Tiger Blog”. DavidG/Drew would be proud.

Don’t worry PR, the Tiger Blog will have very little to do with Zillow, and very much to do with my random musings about life, passion, challenges, failures, and chasing your dreams. (This basically means I have no clue what I’m going to write about. I’m a blog newb, give me a break)

I’ve always found it useful to listen to those witty Chinese philosophers, so here goes nothing:

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. You will never win if you never begin.” -Lao Tzu