Sorry to go off on a tangent here, but I think this piece is important, especially for developing one’s self.
I watched the Jay-Z interview on Howard Stern today. It’s astonishing how in-sync Jay-Z is, on music, culture and family. He talked about his upbringing, reconciling with his father, his early days as a street hustler, claim to fame and his new life. Here’s a summary of what I think is valuable:
On family: “Extremely close to his roots”, would be great way to describe Jay-Z. He’s built a great support group within his family circle. Despite his fame and fortune, his family members treat his just the same, and are very protective. They act as his filters.
On culture: He lives and breathes his culture. When Howard asked “How do you stay connected to the community?”, he said “I don’t need to sit on a bench in Marcy projects”. He’s telling everyone stories of his upbringing, and of the community “like it happened yesterday”. Culture is so important in companies these days, that it can be the success or downfall. I’m taking a special note on this, and instilling some change very soon.
On education: Despite not going to college, he’s very comfortable being himself in a room full of executives with degrees. This is especially true in tech companies today, because anyone from any background can fill a job position. It’s important to be oneself, and let the group dynamics play out.
On equal opportunity: Howard and Jay-Z talked a lot about how opportunity matters today. To draw a parallel, Jay-Z said if given the right opportunity ( i.e access to computers at a young age), he could have been Bill Gates. Howard agreed, saying that Gates grew up in a family which could afford computer access at that point in time - Gates probably had the most computer time out of everyone else. I think equal opportunity matters a lot in building companies, and in hiring - everyone should be given a chance.
On Obama: He met Obama when Obama was still a Senator. He felt that Obama was genuine, and that they could connect on a lot of topics including music and culture. Contrary to some people’s opinions, Jay-Z thought Obama was one of the most humble people he’s met.
On hustling: Jay-Z defined a hustler, as a person who has the drive to get stuff done, every day. I think more organisations should strive on this model, from top to bottom.
MarketJS is a company that leverages HTML5 to provide cross-platform solutions to clients. We have been serving clients since 2012.
MarketJS offers a variety of products and services:
We can be reached at support at marketjs dot com.
"We found MarketJS very easy to work with, and were impressed with how quickly they delivered and responded to our questions."
Rebecca MacDonald, VP of Marketing, Active Navigation
"MarketJS was very easy to work with, and they were always responsive to our questions and requests"
Jeff Robertson, Vice President of Technology & Operations, Carbon8
"MarketJS consistently delivers quality games on time and on budget. They are a great partner."
Scott Sheppard, President and CTO, MoZeus
"We had a great experience working with MarketJS. They were able to move fast on a tight timeline project and deliver exactly what we required with record time and quality. Definitely will be working with them on future projects to help bring our client’s digital needs to life."
Lauren Boutette, Account Director, Lumency
"MarketJS went above and beyond to deliver our projects tailored to our needs. Very swift and quick response and turnaround time. Highly recommended."
Yazan Al Tamimi, Account Manager, Socialize Agency
"Thanks so much for the work your team did. MarketJS was able to work with us to create a custom solution that exceeded our expectations."
Mike Davis, Sales Manager, ComQi
"We are really satisfied with MarketJS. They are quick to help with any troubleshooting and implementation."
Liliya H., Content Specialist, Telecoming
"It was a great pleasure working with MarketJS, they really helped thinking along with our needs. The delivery of the content was always quick and every custom request we had was possible to develop."
Willem van Ditzhuijzen, Business Development, CreativeClicks
"We are extremely happy with the content and service which MarketJS has provided us."
Matt McPherson, Director / Strategic Accounts , Wildtangent
"MarketJS provided excellent support and responded well to ad-hoc requests."
Seah Li-Wei, Project Manager, Spoon Creative
"MarketJS collaborated with our team really well and delivered quality work."
Kevin MacDonald, CTO, TeachTown
"MarketJS has been outstanding; they were patient and very helpful in delivering quality service that matches our custom game requirements."
Marlon Santos, Researcher and Senior Software Engineer, University of Sydney
"We've worked with MarketJS on a number of games now and always find them to be easy and efficient to work with."
Ben Gilbert, Project Manager, Ichi Worldwide
"We are very pleased working with MarketJS, it was far above our expectations in terms of deliverables."
Didier Seevraz, Digital Media Specialist, Lottotech
"MarketJS was fast, responsive and very customer focused. It was a pleasure to work with them."
Bryan Wursten, Senior Digital Editor, Boy Scouts of America
Our team shall be in touch within 12 hours.