This week I speak with serial founding entrepreneur, start-up investor and democracy reformer Hermann Arnold.

In 2001, Hermann decided to ‘build a company to fix the traditional way of working’, developing HR software and naming the company Umantis. He chose to run that company on a democratic basis, having the staff vote for major direction decisions, striking a balance between two worlds: hierarchy and agility.

We talk:

  • Mining the corporate shadow
  • Removing internal middlemen
  • Electing leaders
  • Letting anyone make any decision
  • A Henry Ford of self-management?

42hacks – Hermann’s climate change hacking project


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