Company Culture: Two 34-Year-Old Aussies Are Latest Techies To Become Billionaires

May 1, 2014

You can garuantee I'm listening anytime I see 30 - Something Year Billionaire. According to Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes, creators of a software company called Atlassian, are Australia's newest billionaires. Both are 34 years of age. Besides having great financing and the idea for software "that allows developers to track tasks and bugs in their projects", Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes understand that change is good and establised a company culture.


Change is to be Accepted

If you've been with me since 2006 with Reflexcion Media and Vaunt Magazine you know what is now Tashima Jones Media didn't start out that way. I am still experiencing revamps and reinventions. I had to quickly learn that change is good. Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes first venture didn't make it; or maybe it did in the form of what now is a company worth $3.3 billion. “The way companies fail is they don’t make changes. People don’t feel empowered to make change,” says Farquhar. Being an entrepreneur requires adaptibilty both personally and professionally. One major reason is that growth is occurring; anywhere there is growth there is change. Markets change, industries and so do you. Embrace it.


Company Culture

I've always been the type of person to sit back and look for the big picture. Entities have a certain heir about them. In reality, an entity is a person made up of departments of many people. When we purchase shoes, grab a bite to eat and go the gym we don't necessarily interact with the CEO but we do have a relationship with them based on the standards they set.Company culture are the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and values of a specific business. A glimpse of Atlassian's culture through their mores are: “Open Company, No Bullshit” emphasizing transparency and integrity. And standing true the views on change - “Be the Change You Seek.”


How are you marketing your brand, treating your team, and servicing your clients? How do you answer phones, post on Face Book and create your products? Those are all parts that make up the culture of your company.


The coolest part of getting to know Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes is their attire:

White Tees and Hoodies.


This small detail screams culture. It also reminds me of The Millionaire Next Door co-authored by one of my business professors - William Danko. And recently, I ran into a guy in Harlem shooting for Maybelline, who said you never know who your standing next to; they could very well be 34 year Australian billionaires.


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