Steve King has an interesting post today about Nerd Values on Small Business Labs:
One of the interesting points discussed was “nerd values”. Key quote from group member Tara Hunt:
“Nerd values means…”Doing well by doing good.” We don’t think of ourselves
as do-gooders or altruists. It’s just that somehow we’re trying our best to
be run with some sense of moral compass even in a business environment that
Tara also points to an article where Craigslist founder Craig Newmark discusses nerd values.
A theme that runs through our
research is that values and life balance issues are extremely important
to many entrepreneurs and small business owners – and a key reason
they’ve chosen small business careers and entrepreneurship. I think
Hunt’s quote is a good one, and describes a much broader group of
people than just nerds.
Hey, people, you can call that nerd values if you want — the more the merrier — but that’s classic baby boomer ex-hippy values. I happen to be proud of preserving values I had as a young would-be rebel back in the day. I like to think I’ve brought that into the business.
We did have nerds back then, but we didn’t have that word for them. I think we called them smart people; but hey, I’m 59 now, maybe I don’t remember right.