Manifesto to bootstrap your company's culture
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Open Culture Manifesto

This was designed to be a conversation starter for founders and a blueprint for companies to implement real cultural values, outside of perks.

Check out “The Culture Test: Eight steps to better company culture” and read the full story of why every startup should have a culture manifesto.


We are Innovative

  • We are curious, creative and passionate
  • We are always learning and teaching others

We are Agile

  • Everything is a work in progress, always
  • We collectively build, measure and learn

We are Open

  • We prefer open source over proprietary
  • We contribute to open source and help others

We are Transparent

  • Our foundation is transparency, trust and integrity
  • We share our decisions, successes and failures

We are Diverse

  • We cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment
  • We are intolerant of intolerance (no jerks!)

We are Good

  • We serve others and society over self
  • We create positive social change

We are Social

  • We always over-communicate
  • We always listen

We are Happy

  • We work when and where we are the happiest
  • We make time for reflection and self-improvement