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Open or closed? The answer is both

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No organization that’s entirely closed – or entirely open – can scale as successfully as an organization that combines both. Yes, organizations that are open invite a bit of chaos – but that chaos breeds innovation. Knowing which aspects of your organization should be open and which should be closed will set you on a path to rapid scale. No one knows this better than Joi Ito. He has spent his career championing radically open systems, from Creative Commons to cyber currency. Now as Director of the famed MIT Media Lab, he’s focused on facilitating open conversations so we can keep pace with the shifting challenges we face in our companies, institutions, and societies. Cameo appearance: Megan Smith (former U.S. Chief Technology Officer).

“Something closed feels very counterintuitive today — like a computer that’s not connected to the internet.”

— Joi Ito
About the guest:
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Joi Ito is the director of the Center for Radical Transformation. He’s an investor, entrepreneur, and the former director of the MIT Media Lab.

About the host:
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Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She’s the co-founder of shift7 and previously served as the third U.S. chief technology…

No organization that’s entirely closed – or entirely open – can scale as successfully as an organization that combines both.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: Open or closed? The answer is both
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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