Searching for Excellence

/ Vol. 24 2017: Defining excellence in any area is undoubtedly challenging, but trying to pin down what makes a business or product excellent is near-impossible. Taking inspiration from Peters’ and Waterman’s iconic 1982 book In Search of Excellence, this issue of MISC examines the things that drive us to achieve excellence – and whether or not it’s even something we should be striving for. We spoke with leaders from Kickstarter, Dyson, Patagonia, and other preeminent organizations to learn how they currently define the term and what they imagine for the future. We hope this issue encourages you and serves as a call to action for your company to rethink what excellence really means.

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Pursuit of Excellence / Paradox of Perfection

The New Yorker ran an essay by Tad Friend describing the growing effect of entrepreneurial boot camp Y Combinator on the prevailing ethos of Silicon Valley and the funding practices of venture capitalists. The piece profiled Sam Altman, the successor to Y Combinator’s founder and its guiding spirit, Paul Graham. If Graham’s name sounds familiar,…