This is the forty-sixth issue of Culture Amp's weekly email updating you on all the best #peoplegeek news around.
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A First Round Capital study found that startups with at least one female founder out-performed all-male team startups by 63%. The firm examined 10 years of data from 300 portfolio companies. "It could be that women are a net positive on a founding team from a diversity of thought and experience perspective — and the market doesn't recognize that yet,” says Josh Kopelman, one of the firm’s partners. He says another reason for the high stats is that female-founded teams are expected to rally for funding in the first place.
Ellen Pao speaks (2.5 min)
Ellen Pao, one-time venture capitalist and former interim Reddit CEO, spoke out in a feminist newsletter about her views on sexism in Silicon Valley. She says it’s getting better, but slowly. “The biggest positive difference over the past 20 years is how women and minorities are sharing others’ bad behavior, data, and their own experiences publicly,” Pao writes. She also points out another sign of progress is many of the giants of Silicon Valley are releasing diversity statistics. Pao’s advice to women struggling in male-dominated work cultures is to not remain silent if you feel something is wrong.
Entrepreneur.com contributor Zach Cutler talks about the importance of unplugging. He gives five reasons why he likes to disconnect for 24 hours each week, no matter what: 1) Disconnecting helps build self-control; 2) It relaxes the brain; 3) It gives back time -- time that can be spent with family, friends or just relaxing; 4) It allows for family bonding; and finally, 5) It lets you think.
As some of us roll into flu season, this may be a good time to stop and think about the effect of working while ill. “Presenteeism” has become the norm for many companies, but it’s not only bad for the employee, it’s bad for the company. One sick employee can lead to three. Sick employees are more likely to make mistakes and have lower productivity. So why do sick people insist on working instead of staying home? Many don’t have sick days to use and can’t afford to not go to work. Some fear that they will lose their job. Employers need to work on creating a culture of honesty and acceptance when it comes to taking sick time.
Shan Sinha reveals his journey in building Highfive as a family-friendly startup, something often seen as a contradiction. The first step was throwing away "the typical cliché of the twentysomething-year-old working seven days a week, eating ramen noodles and pizza.” He racks it up to five rules – from leading by example to picking the right tools. In the end, it boils down to a commitment to be flexible, and being willing to experiment on what works best.
San Francisco: After a terrific event last month, we've got a more casual Geekup on Tuesday, November 24th. If you're not tied up with the rush to Thanksgiving, come join us for a drink. We'll have our best People Geeks around to share some stories of the Culture x Design conference last month in NYC.
Melbourne, Australia: After successful Geekups held all over the United States, Culture Amp is excited to announce that we are hosting our first People Geekup in Melbourne. Join us on November 24th at the Envato office in downtown Melbourne as we talk about the future trends affecting People Geeks.