Cultural Debt: Practical steps to put your startup’s culture on a solid path

In the technology industry, you start to create “technical debt” when you kick off a new piece of software. You make upfront assumptions about how you need to build and then bias for action to get your product to market. Later, you’ll want to restructure or refactor the software to correct misalignment from those early decisions. You stabilize and reset things so you can build on a solid foundation into the future. The same goes for company culture. Technical startups typical


“But people who haven’t been included before probably won’t want to debug your culture for you. They won’t want to teach you what parts of your culture doesn’t make them feel included.”

Thank you for putting into words what a lot of us feel on a daily basis. It’s already exhausting to go through it, educating or raising awareness when the gap is too deep doesn’t appeal much. Inclusion in its true form is a rarity rather than a quick slogan that companies like to make money on, claiming than they’ve already master it.

Saadia S - Commenting on Cultural Debt on Medium