Recently my friend and I left the office for a couple hours to attend a lecture by Dr. Ed Catmull at a local university. Here is a man who knows what he’s doing. Over time, Dr. Catmull has leveraged sound business principles to help grow Pixar into one of the best animation studios in the world.
Given Dr. Catmull’s history (he has a PhD in Computer Science), I was expecting a fairly technical talk. To my suprise, he said virtually nothing about technology. What he did talk about was people. It seems that you don’t have to have an MBA to know how to manage people.
Here, in a nutshell, is Dr. Catmull’s business philosphy, broken down into several principles. (more…)