VideoAmp Head of Culture CK Lin wrote a guest byline for “Why ‘Culture Fit’ Means Nothing.” In his byline, CK makes the point that looking specifically for “culture fits” is one of the biggest mistakes a tech startup can make. Yet, with so many tech industry giants incessantly reiterating the importance of “culture fit,” it’s easy for startups to fall into that trap. In reality, the kind of people startups need is fundamentally different. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s easy for an employee to consume the culture at one of those big companies. Who doesn’t like to be paid well, have more freedom, and work alongside smart colleagues? Who doesn’t want to have great amenities? Who doesn’t want to work at a fast-growing company that helps them grow as well?

Smart startups realize they can easily find anyone off the street who will probably love to fit right in. But if they are not actively contributing, then they are actively draining the company culture. The mission and values of the company lose momentum, which leads to culture complacency and disintegration.

What specifically drains company culture depends on the company’s core values. Here at VideoAmp we clearly describe what culture draining behaviors are for us:

“If you are complacent, if you constantly hide who you really are in order to be liked, if you constantly worry about propriety rather than the task at hand, if you are a lone genius, if you have no opinions about anything, if you like to play politics, if you like to hoard secrets and power, if you have no passion for life, if you are not naturally curious, if you think you are entitled to the bounties of life or if you can’t laugh at yourself, you won’t succeed, and you’ll be miserable here.”

That kind of thinking helps a tech startup narrow down its candidates to a select few who can actually elevate the culture, rather than drain it.

To read CK’s byline, click here.