Where does your company's culture come from?
I had an interesting conversation with our HR manager the other day about how our company's culture was created and cultivated. She claimed that culture begins and ends with upper management — that culture was purely a function of the top brass, whose direction determined how it evolved. This struck me as odd, and for someone I rarely disagree with I was surprised to hear her say this so matter-of-factly. I think I always assumed that at most companies the management team was at best an well-intentioned impedance to a genuinely enjoyable company culture. Sure, the brass can institute corporate-mandated fun or other culture-rific policies, but it is my belief that the actual core culture of a company — it's soul — grows more organically based on the personalities of the people who work there.
In 2012, by some crazy stroke of luck I was invited to participate in the Diablo III Beta program. It had been 12 agonizing years since the last iteration of the game was released (not including expansions). 12 years is a long time to wait for any sequel in a successful franchise, but even more conspicuous for a giant game company with deep pockets like Blizzard Entertainment.
With the recent, and unfortunately all too common computer attacks on major companies, I thought I would take a moment to speak briefly with Tom Sanders from Serinus42. His company is responsible for the social website Downdetector, a service which offers real-time outages and problem detection for all kinds of services by analyzing social media trends. Currently Downdetector is available in 27 countries.
According to recent reports, a new team at Google is aiming to be the cybersecurity superheroes of the Internet. The special team is called Google Project Zero, and they're looking to eliminate those nasty computer bugs that let hackers and government spies sneak into our computer -- not just for Google, but for everyone.
Attention grill masters! Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes the time-honored tradition of backyard cookouts! If you’re hosting a barbecue this season, Mashable has compiled a list of cool tech gadgets that are guaranteed to make your cookout a lot easier, tastier, and more entertaining! Forget what you think you know about the grill, and take your summer cookout to the next level by welcoming these high-tech twists!
With the fourth of July holiday upon us, we felt it was our duty to help our fellow Americans capture the spirit of the festivities by sharing tips on how to take photos of fireworks that don’t completely suck. And let’s be honest, we could all use a little help in this area.