Issue 103 - 03 | Lay Off Your Buildings, Not Your People!

By Maynard Webb
Published March 13, 2013 12:00 p.m.
“When I began my career, everyone 'went' to work. It was long before the advent of the Internet and personal computers; you had to go to work to gain access to computing power. Most computer centers had people on call 24/7. When there was a problem, they had to drive to the office and fix the problem on-site. There was no such thing as logging on remotely. Employees had to be at their desks to do work. Our inboxes were paper based. We had written phone memos, not voicemail, so in order to receive a call, we had to be in the office. There weren’t PCs that could be disconnected and taken home. At that time, it wasn’t firewalls that protected the network; it was office walls, and if you weren’t inside the office, you weren’t able to work. Offices and office hours actually made sense.

Now it’s an unbelievably outdated concept.”

About Maynard Webb | Maynard Webb is a 30-year veteran of the technology industry. An active leader in the technology and business community, Maynard serves as a board member, investor, philanthropist and mentor to young entrepreneurs. As the founder of the Webb Investment Network (WIN), a seed investment firm dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurs, Maynard brings his experience developing and leading high-growth companies. Webb is currently the chairman (and was formerly the CEO) of LiveOps, a cloud based call center with a community of 20,000 agents, and a board member at both and Yahoo! Previously he was the COO of eBay, where he created organizational processes and day-to-day structures that enabled eBay to grow from $140 million in revenue to more than $6 billion in 2006. His New York Times best seller, Rebooting Work, was released in January, 2013 by Jossey-Bass.

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