Pixar Co-Founder Mulls Meaning of Success

http://uscnews.usc.edu/arts/pixar_co-founder_mulls_meaning_of_success.html

No layers of management and oversight, just a group of trusted directors who exchange ideas:

“In contrast to the standard studio model, in which multiple levels of oversight exist above a director, Catmull [Pixar’s co-founder] described Pixar’s “brain trust,” a group of trusted directors who meet to exchange ideas on projects, which exists only to provide suggestions for how a project can be improved. The director of the project ultimately has final say.”

Create teams of people who work well together:

“Our development team doesn’t look for stories,” Catmull said. “Their job is to create teams of people that work well together.”

Be creative, take risks:

“Fail early, fail often and learn fast,” Catmull said.

“We realized that having lower standards for something is bad for your soul.”

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