#5031 – finally!

my throat is still bothering me. blech.

so my first netflix movies arrived today! i watched “kiss kiss bang bang” (great movie, had seen it before but wanted to see it again) in blu-ray, and the first episode of “deadwood” (which i hadn’t seen before since i’d only previously seen the 3rd and final season). i also got “ghost world”, but i had also seen that before too and wanted to see it again.

i can’t believe i’ve rated 300 movies in there already. there’s some pretty neat ones it’s recommending to me, so i’ll have to mail these back in a few days. my queue? um… it’s already about half of as many as i’ve rated. yikes!

i was searching up stuff on the internet about netflix and found something interesting: the company doesn’t give you vacation time, you get to take as much as you want, as long as your work gets done. that’s totally awesome.

Rules inhibit creativity and entrepreneurship, leading to a lack of innovation. Over time this leads a company to being both less fun and less successful.

Instead of adding rules as we grow, our solution to increased complexity is to increase talent density. Great people make great judgment calls, despite ambiguity.

We believe in freedom and responsibility, not rules.

For example, our vacation policy for salaried employees is “take some” – there is no limit on vacation as long you get your work done. Similarly, our travel expense policy is “travel as you would on your own nickel.” That’s it. No soul-sapping policy manuals for us. In five years as public company, growing from $100m to $1 billion in revenue, our commitment to freedom and responsibility has only grown.

We have found that by avoiding rules we can better attract the creative mavericks that drive innovation, and our business is all about innovation. We are mitigating the big risk technology companies face (obsolescence), by taking on small risks (running without rules).

Our only absolute rule is integrity, and violations almost always result in termination.

shit, after all the talk at work about bureaucracy being an enemy and how we try to stay lean and flexible, it’s annoying how many rules and policies are in place for certain things, and this is pretty refreshing to see. i think this might be a company to keep in mind post-graduation.