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Three posters in a Sonos office in Santa Barbara
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Volker Weber    

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The fine print is way too small, but I will spell it out for you. What is significant about these posters? There are the three princicples that guide Sonos. Or at least they did in 2015. And they are the reason why I am not just walking away. Sonos will be able to fix this.

  • The Experience Comes First. "Right" is hard to define but we are willing to struggle until we find it. And struggle even more to make it ruthlessly simple.With maniacal quality, every detail highly considered, and sound quality nothing short of what the artist intended, our standard is Ultimate. Do it right, or don't do it.
  • Be Relentlessly Progressive. Connecting music and music lovers means everything we do lives at the intersection of art, technology and culture. And that is an intersection where invention isn't enough, our choices need to be inspired. Top what you did yesterday - for music lovers, and for the world we live in. Every little bit counts.
  • Remember the Golden Rule. Treat everyone as you want to be treated. And remember that transparency and respect are oxygen for great collaboration. When we do the right thing, and trust each other to nail our parts, good things happen.

I think Sonos is doing well on the Experience Comes First principle. Their products hide the complexity. Setup means just pressing a button, sometimes even that becomes obsolete. On the Relentlessly Progressive principle I can see success and failure. Sonos is slow, even if they have the right vision. Do it right, or don't do it. For many things in development I wish they had come much earlier.

The Golden Rule is the tricky one. This works extremely well in a small company, but cracks open as you grow and bring in more people with different backgrounds. They have different ideas about doing the right thing, and sometimes it's the wrong thing. I am close enough to see the cracks. I have seen good people leave after somebody fired their staff without asking them. I see bullying and hurt. And yet, I believe that if you take the Relentlessly Progressive principle and apply it to the organization and not the product, things can improve. You can't let one bad decision guide your future.

Culture is the precious thing to preserve as a company grows. It is well worth the effort.



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