The Emancipated Employee
When I started college 10 years ago, everyone around me was destined to become a manager. Since that’s what all people with higher education are supposed to do, right? They manage the less fortunate people. At least that’s what we were told. If you wanted to make it in life you had to move up the ladder and become a manager.
But the manager is increasingly becoming an endangered species in startup land. Being a manager is almost becoming a dirty word, something you’d rather not be associated with, so a lot of managers in startups stumble over themselves to come up with more creative titles. “So, you’re a manager?”, “A manager?? No, no, no, I’m just a people hacker.” Product managers will excuse themselves and quickly tell you they manage products, not people.
At the forefront of the demise of the manager are successful startups in the likes of GitHub, Angellist, Valve and Supercell...
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