Category: Culture
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The Social Authoring Experiment

We are excited to be supporting Keen IO community members in AirPair’s social authoring experiment! What exactly does this mean? Well, have you ever tracked changes in MS Word and thought “there has to be a better way?!” Us too! AirPair has released some pretty cool features that allow authors and readers to collaborate on posts […]

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How to Scale Your Company Culture

Your company culture is what you collectively believe and — in practice — what you collectively do. It shapes how people work together, how you deal with problems that arise, how people feel when they meet someone from your company. Derived from a company culture is typically a set of values and beliefs, such as transparency, collaboration, or trust. […]

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SxSW Field Report, Day 3: Farewell Transmission

Hi. Hello. Hi. We have departed Austin, so this will likely be my last post, unless something particularly wacky and hilarious happens on the dynamic 3-hour drive between here and Dallas. Which, um, can we all pray it doesn’t? SCHMIDT HANGOVER INDEX Do you all know about the Schmidt Sting Pain Index? This entomologist named […]

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SxSW Field Report, Day 2: Keensplosion!

A HAGGARD MAN, A WORTHY MAN Miracle of miracles, I actually don’t feel too much like heated-up garbage this morning. I do think, though, that I am starting to look it. A week plus of hard living in both Austin and NOLA, subsisting mostly on grapefruit-flavored ethanol and fried everything, has definitely taken its toll, […]

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SxSW Field Report, Day Ω: Texas Indoctrination

Sorry for the weird nomenclature, with the omega and all. It’s just that we’re not in Austin yet, so things haven’t really started, but we’re also going around being kind of drunk and ridiculous, so they have also totally kind of started. And I don’t know Greek or anything, so you can see my dilemma […]

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SxSW Field Report, Day 0: Intro

Hi, I’m Nate, and I work as a writer at Keen… although, up ’til now, you would have almost no way of knowing that. Despite the fact that I’ve been working with Keen for nearly 2 years now, and have helped out behind-the-scenes on all sorts of things (our homepage copy, tons of blog posts, […]

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Platform Stability AMA Recap

Peter, Brad, and I hosted an AMA about recent platform instability on February 27th. It was a chance for our community to ask about what’s been up with the API lately and how we’re addressing it. Here are a few highlights from the conversation, fit and trimmed for readability. Editing notes are in brackets. The […]

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Two emails within the Wild family

Two emails within the Wild family It happened again. I received a chain email, forwarded from an unknown source and full of suspicious truthiness from my family back home. If you also grew up in the Bible Belt or on the Mason-Dixon Line, you probably won’t find this surprising. Here’s the email they sent me: https://gist.github.com/dorkitude/5fc51c4113d2d6bd0608 […]

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From 60,000 Readers to 1

Street Art in Clarion Alley, San Francisco When I started writing on the Keen IO blog in 2012, it opened it up a whole new world to me. One of my posts was published in an O’Reilly book. Another became part of the entrepreneurship curriculum at Harvard Business School, where I was invited to guest […]

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9 Slack Hacks We Couldn’t Live Without

At Keen IO, we are huge fans of Slack, a badass chat platform for internal team communications. Our whole company uses it every day as a single, centralized hub where we can discuss stuff, deploy code, and monitor our analytics service. Slack is great in all sorts of ways: Easy on the eyes, nice search […]

Keenly Thankful: An Annual Tradition

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I always spend it with my family, and I love seeing them. Structurally, though, it’s great because it actively encourages introspection. (And we all know how Keen likes its introspection time.) It’s become something of a tradition now where, every Thanksgiving, I send out a message to […]

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How the culture of overwork is killing entrepreneurs

In a recent post, “Founder Suicides,” investor and entrepreneurial advocate Brad Feld called attention to the alarming rate of suicide among entrepreneurs and the urgent need to address the stigma associated with depression and failure. In the post, Feld openly discusses his own struggles with depression and makes the argument that “it’s ok to fail. […]

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Don’t Get a Job — Find a Quest

I’ve been in the software industry for nearly a decade. I’ve worked at all sorts of places. Some were pretty good, and some were less good, but none of them felt truly significant. Sure, they paid the bills, with maybe a few nice perks here and there, and I learned some neat stuff. But why settle for […]