interview with Jim Whitehurst

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Jim Whitehurst is president and C.E.O. of Red Hat, the provider of Linux and other open-source technology. Long before the Facebook era, he says, the company started forms of social media where all employees could air views on issues.

Q. Tell me about the culture of your company.

A. Since we were founded in the 1990s on the idea of leveraging broad open-source communities, we naturally adopted that approach in our culture long before the Facebooks of the world even existed. So we’re on the bleeding edge of what so many companies are going to face because of this whole millennial generation coming up. It just does not like this idea of hierarchy.

Q. So what do you do?

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