A startup founder’s thoughts on diversity: it matters!

A recent article in RealKM Magazine discussed the benefits of diversity for performance.

Illustrating these benefits, Roger Wu talks about how he didn’t realise how much diversity matters until he entered the startup realm. He provides a series of examples of how diversity can stimulate and facilitate innovation. For example:

If we all thought the same, we wouldn’t think of anything new or different. Remember, it took a designer to disrupt hospitality (Airbnb) and a computer programmer to disrupt newspapers (Craigslist).

He concludes with this advice:

To be able to see different, think different, and do things different, have a team that is different—you don’t know the things that you don’t know, but your team might.

Wu runs Cooperatize.com, an advertising platform, previously founded Klickable.tv, an interactive video platform, and has been involved in other startups.

Source: Quartz.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (www.realkm.com) and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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