Forum on World Class IT - 285 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

April 17, 2017

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Brad Stone, Author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World

In this interview, Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World, discusses:
  • The similarities and differences between the cultures of Airbnb and Uber
  • The influence of Jeff Bezos and Amazon on Airbnb and Uber
  • The successful balance of idealism and aggression as an indicator of a startup’s success
  • The importance of startups having a strong executive team around a CEO
  • Travis Kalanick’s and Brian Chesney’s leadership styles
  • The role of tech companies in managing the cultural anxiety caused by technological advance
  • Growing pains experienced by startups as they attempt to transition to public companies