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U.K. Government Keeping An Open Mind On Bitcoin, Says Digital Economy Minister

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Watch The Disrupt London Live Stream Right Here!

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Today is, sadly, the final day of Disrupt. But though we’re heartbroken that our London conference is coming to an end, we’re thrilled about the content we have in store for you today.
We’ll be joined by Brian Armstrong from Coinbase, Michael Acton Smith from Mind Candy, and Ed Vaizey, the British Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, among many many more. Read More

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Glassdoor: Facebook rated No. 5 nationally in culture, values

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Facebook has been highly-rated by its employees for culture and values, coming in at No. 5 overall nationally in a new Glassdoor report.

Twitter, with an average rating of 4.5, actually took the top spot. Facebook employees rated the company an average of 4.3 (out of 5), in terms of the culture and values of the company.

Glassdoor community expert Scott Dobroski discussed with Inside Facebook what makes Facebook so special:

As number five on Glassdoor’s inaugural list of the Top 25 Companies for Culture & Values, Facebook employees report high satisfaction with many aspects of its culture. Tech companies are known for their laid-back, hacker cultures and Facebook is no different with its ‘move fast and break things’ mantra. Facebook employees report satisfaction with the open and transparent environment and enjoy the team-oriented atmosphere.

Here are some comments from Facebook employees on Glassdoor:

  • “Facebook truly values the important things in life (to me, at least). The culture and dialog is open about everything. Whether it’s with your manager, on your team or concerning a company-wide issue.” – Facebook User Operations Associate (location, n/a)
  • “This company really cares about its mission and people. It gives you the skills and opportunities to grow.” – Facebook Employee (location, n/a)
  • “Huge impact on billions of people while working with awesome, insanely intelligent coworkers at a pleasant office. Great free food and perks. Lots of autonomy and big problems to solve. Engineer-driven culture.” – Facebook Software Engineer (Menlo Park, CA)

Facebook placed tied for third overall in tech, trailing Twitter and Google:

  1. Twitter, 4.5 culture & values rating
  2. Google, 4.4
  3. Riverbed Technology, 4.3
  4. Facebook, 4.3
  5. National Instruments, 4.2
  6. Intuit, 4.1
  7. CDW, 4.1
  8. Apple, 4.1
  9. Citrix Systems, 4.0
  10. Adobe, 4.0
  11. NetApp, 3.8

Here’s a look at the top 25 companies overall, in terms of average employee ratings:

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Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

The Great Fragmentation: We Are All Weirdos Now

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App: A Documentary About The Human Side Of The App Revolution

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The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

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A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And Tech Leaders, Too)

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A Mash Note To George Lucas’ Museum On His Birthday, Signed By M.C. Hammer (And A Bunch Of Important Tech People)

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Facebook promotes Chris Cox to Chief Product Officer

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Facebook has announced that Chris Cox, formerly the company’s VP of Product, has been promoted to the position of Chief Product Officer. This doesn’t reflect an organizational change, but will fortify his position as a chief member of the Facebook team. Cox is the first person to hold the role of CPO for Facebook.

A Facebook spokesperson commented on the announcement to Inside Facebook:

Chris Cox’s elevation to Chief Product Officer is a reflection of the major role he plays in overseeing the products and features at Facebook. Chris has been instrumental in shaping the evolution of people’s experience using Facebook, our culture and our company, and he’ll continue to do the same as CPO.

Cox currently leads Facebook Product Management, Design and Marketing teams around the world. He joined Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and built the early versions of key Facebook products such as News Feed. Cox has also served as Facebook’s Director of Human Resources.

Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Twitter’s Dick Costolo On What It Takes To Be A Good CEO

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2013 was a very good year for Twitter, so it’s only fitting that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo took home the award for CEO of the year at the 7th annual Crunchies Awards held this week in San Francisco.

Backstage at the show, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino pulled Costolo aside for a quick interview to talk about Twitter’s success over the past year and what it means to be a good CEO. When Panzarino asked Costolo to share his “playbook” for leading Twitter, he had a really thoughtful response. He said:

“I’ll say two things. We had the good fortune to have Adam Silver, the new commissioner of the NBA, in the office the other day, and someone asked him about the culture of the NBA. Adam said, ‘One of the great players in the NBA told me that championships aren’t won on the court, they’re won on the bus.’ And what he was referring to is that sense of team building, and making sure that it feels like a team, and that you’re all pulling for each other and working together. That is what makes something work. And I think that’s something I just really pay very careful attention to.

Someone asked me once in an interview, ‘If you had to describe yourself as a CEO how would you describe yourself?’ And I thought about it for a second, and I said, ‘Well, I think I’m present.’

I try to be really present and there for the team, and to understand what everybody else understands. Because when you have that understanding of what everybody else understands, you can provide the proper context for the decisions that are being made, and help communicate those decisions. And then, it’s easier for everybody else in the company to feel like they have a sense of why decisions are being made…

…If I could sum up my advice in one sentence, it would be to make sure that everybody understands what you understand.”

You can watch that and the rest of the conversation in the video embedded above.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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