Why do the independent-minded need to be protected, though? Because they have all the new ideas. […] All successful startup CEOs are not merely independent-minded, but aggressively so. So it’s no coincidence that societies prosper only to the extent that they have customs for keeping the conventional-minded at bay.
In response to my request for a promotion, [CEO Henry Ward] told me, “You aren’t even close”. He also told me that while I was “among the five smartest people at the company and had built a strong team, I didn’t get along with the other members of the [all-male] executive team like they got along with each other.”
Though the pandemic threatened to upend their newly established business, Ali and Qasim retooled their production facility in April, selling reusable face masks at cost, and donating one for each one sold. Today, they’re announcing that they’ve surpassed a total of 135,000 mask donations [and counting].
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