I work for the Internet, at @stripe, mostly on Atlas. Opinions here are my own.
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The Microconf community has a common set of values and techniques.
There are some things Silicon Valley does well - basically better than anyone else in the world. First, they're willing to put money into thousands of experiments to find out what humans want, knowing most of those experiments will fail. Universities and funding bodies won't take that bet, but Silicon Valley will, because when an experiment works it gets deployed worldwide in 7 years.
Create processes and cultures that still work if you're not around to push them forward.
Patrick has a project like this: his international campaign to get people to Charge More™.
Culture is created one conversation at a time. It's built up one brick at a time. There are some core cultural things (like "charge more", or Stripe's "increase the GDP of the internet") that you can't repeat too often.
New information takes a while to sink in at all levels.
Every year, write a review of what you're proud of and your thoughts hopes and fears. Patrick McKenzie writes yearly shareholder letters for himself and publishes them on his blog.
This helps concentrate thinking and have a better understanding of what your thought process was in the moment when making difficult decisions.
Odds are, the best person in the world at something you're trying to do for the first time (like writing your first adwords campaign) is totally accessible on the internet. You can reach out and ask for help!
In 45 years, what do you expect to be true? You probably still have most of your career ahead of you, so you have lots of time to optimize for whatever metrics you choose.
For Patrick, he knows he wants to be interacting with the software community. He's delighted interacting with them. His core metric for optimization is how much he's helped software people.
There are probably at least 100 people that could be running a Microconf-shaped business for every person in this room. How can we help them?
Help people getting started, and let them know regular people can achieve success in this space.
What suggestions do you have for building internal tools?
When building internal tools, optimize reusability. If you have an admin dashboard, have some type of event feed. If you have that, publish it in your Slack!
Zapier is a wonderful thing and can be deployed in a lot of ways. Nontechnical employees work can be shadowed to see what they're doing that could be automated.
I'm sending out a beautiful PDF eBook of notes from every MicroConf Starter and Growth talk – both Speaker and Attendee. Want a copy?