"Ironically, given the nature of our high-tech, super-connected age, the future will look more and more like the city-states that ruled the world for millennia, from the days of Athens, Sparta, Carthage, and Rome, and that were last dominant 500 years ago, in such places as Venice and Florence, before the formation of most modern nation-states. Today, the shining example is Singapore, the city-state of 5.2 million people that, all by itself, has become an Asian tiger. The city-state of the future will not be sovereign, of course, but instead will act largely independently. “What we are experiencing is a metro-centered driving force of change. This is the center of the economic universe,” says James Brooks, program director of the National League of Cities. “The United States is not one national economy but a series of smaller metropolitan economies."
Impossible to pick just one quote from this excellent article.
"We are a technology start-up and view ourselves as being at the forefront of the new world of work. A place where Gen Y and the Millennials thrive because of the inherent flexibility in how, where and when we work. A world where the concept of a hard separation between ‘work’ and ‘life’ doesn’t necessarily exist nor do most people want it to. An environment where a strong sense of purpose - enriching people’s lives through the shared love of sound - is what connects us and the key reason why people want to work for us."
Our own VP People wrote a great post providing insights about some of the people programs we run here at SoundCloud, have a read.
If you’ve donated to my charity: water birthday campaign (thanks again for raising $3,700, you can plan for next year), and want to hear the story about why and how Scott Harrison started it, listen to this great story he told students of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Center.
Stanford ECorner’s SoundCloud account, by the way, is a gold mine for entrepreneurial inspiration. I’ve found myself lost in their archives for hours and hours before and still haven’t explored all of it.
"We can do maybe 15 or 20 investments out of the 3,000 a year. So I like to say our day job is crushing entrepreneurs’ hopes and dreams. Our main skill is saying no, and getting people to not hate us.
It’s absolutely dizzying. But at the same time you have the privilege of seeing an amazing cross-section of innovation. As a consequence, it’s very hard not to be very optimistic because you just see so many sharp, bright people, with so many great ideas and with so much enthusiasm and determination to make the world a better place. And to build big, important businesses."