True North: An opportunity to slow down and fix things
Move fast and break things.
That mantra, long promoted by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has inspired countless startup entrepreneurs to go out and change the world over the past decade.
The spirit behind it is admirable – you can’t change the world by clinging to old ways of doing things. But, as we’ve all been reminded recently, moving fast can lead to unintended consequences, and the wrong things can get broken – not just old monopolies and business models, but things like public trust, civic discourse and, some would say, democracy itself.
There’s a growing sense that it’s time to take a pause from “move fast and break things,” and slow down and fix things.
This is the thinking behind True North, the big, new, annual conference and community festival that we at Communitech will host for the first time this May 29-31.
After 21 years of helping tech companies start, grow and succeed, we feel now is the time for the tech community to stop and consider the broader implications of its work, and to talk about what real success should look like in a fast-changing, hyperconnected and increasingly polarized world.
Let’s be clear: Helping entrepreneurs to build profitable, impactful technology companies is, and