Ricardo Sousa recounts his time at Wooga, a Berlin-based game development company, noting its profound influence on his approach to building businesses. Wooga’s unique organisational structure, known as the ‘squad model’, is a key factor in its success. This model, inspired by Spotify, divides the company into small, independent teams, each with a specific goal and the autonomy to decide how to achieve it. The squad model fosters a sense of responsibility and ownership, encouraging creative problem-solving and innovation.

Sousa also highlights Wooga’s commitment to people over processes. Despite having a clear structure, the company prioritises its employees’ well-being and personal growth. Regular feedback sessions, transparent communication, and a culture of learning and development are integral to Wooga’s ethos.

Moreover, Wooga’s ‘fail fast, learn fast’ philosophy is instrumental in its growth. This approach encourages teams to test ideas quickly and learn from unsuccessful attempts, fostering a culture of resilience and continuous improvement. Sousa acknowledges that these principles have shaped his own business practices, underscoring the importance of a supportive, flexible organisational culture in driving business success.

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