Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Reflections on Big Omaha Day 1

What an awesome day. Amazing weather, great speakers, visiting with old friends and making new connections... just a great start to the conference. I wanted to process a few key points while they're fresh in my mind, so this might be one of those "stream of consciousness" type posts. Just go with me for a moment.

I think the speaker I most identified with was Philip Rosedale. Philip is the creator of Second Life, which I've honestly always been a bit skeptical of. I wasn't expecting to really connect with him, but I was left wanting to hear so much more! Philip had awesome insight into collaborative work and leadership within organizations. I loved his concept of the work list and his innovative use of shared work to create software projects. I also enjoyed his words on executive leadership. When he walked off the stage I thought to myself, "I could sit down and talk to that guy for hours". Incredibly sharp dude and a talented communicator. He gave a shout out to Daniel Pink's book, "Drive", as well. I'm a huge fan.

Though I really enjoyed Philip, I wish he would have focused his presentation just a bit and gone more in depth on a particular point like co-working. I felt I only received a general survey of his knowledge and I was left wanting much more (not such a bad thing I suppose). This being the case, the speaker I learned the most from was Seth Goldstein. Seth's current endeavor,, is of particular interest to me as a music business enthusiast. Seth structured his talk around ten tweets, which was brilliant on multiple levels. First, it was a concise and easily digestible presentation that sticks with you. Additionally, it was incredibly easy to tweet out and share via social media (shocking). A lot of people where sharing Seth's content throughout the day which significantly added to the experience, retention, and Seth's personal brand.

Seth's 10 tips where:
  1. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly
  2. Leaders believe it before they see it and managers need to see it before they believe it
  3. Dress British, think Yiddish
  4. Scale a single, social gesture
  5. Hire slow, fire fast
  6. Have difficult conversations
  7. What is going up and to the right
  8. Raise money when you can, not when you have to
  9. It's hard to bring an investor in, 10X harder to get them out
  10. It's not about the money, it's about the money
I'm sure I'll process these in more detail on a later blog post, but I would say numbers one, four, five, and six, where most intriguing to me. All them are quite interesting and presented great learning opportunities. I enjoyed the whole day. I enjoyed Ten Rheingold and his honesty. I enjoyed Jim McKelvy and his credibility. I enjoyed Sahil Lavingia and his youthful perspective. The whole day provided a great mix of content. I'll leave you with a few quotes that stuck out...

"Don't work with stupid" -Jim McKelvey

"Making things simple is incredibly complicated" -Sahil Lavingia

"Money is exciting, but not as exciting as turning it into something more valuable." -Sahil Lavingia

"The role of a leader is vision" -Seth Goldstein

"Coming up with ideas of what works is really easy. The real trick is finding a really good idea that you can execute." -Ted Rheingold

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