Leadership in Tech Episode 30: Weighing Innovation and a Discussion on Uber
In this weeks episode Zac and Errol discuss the challenges of aggressive innovation, especially in the tech world. Through the lens of Uber, they explore the delicate balance between challenging institutions and disregarding rules and regulations.
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HOSTED BY: ERROL DOEBLER, ZAC RUIZ
PRODUCED BY: PAUL MASLANY, KARA WOOD
MUSIC: BIG BIG BOSS BY NICOLAS FALCON
Season 2, Episode 30 Outline:
2:30: A lot has happened at Uber since Season 1
3:15: Any failure, anywhere, is a leadership failure. Uber's innovation is admirable.
4:40: Different companies require different skill sets at the CEO/C-Suite level. Uber's rapid growth was a recipe for disaster.
5:45: Importance of perception in leadership.
7:30: Hero Worship - the rock star mentality is typically rewarded in fast growing startups.
10:05: Early success of Uber was DESPITE arrogance, not because of it.
13:40: Idea of challenging institutions vs. disregarding rules and regulations and how that relates to a lack of humility.
21:20: How does the average programmer learn from this? There are skills outside of technical expertise that will make you more rounded and productive.
23:25: Balance between chasing your vision and "playing nice in the pond." Vision is vital for knowledge workers.
30:00: Inside of out of the box thinking lies a disciplined planning process to weigh innovation against recklessness.