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Dyn’s Culture-Con Brings Business Community Together

Manchester, NH – February 1, 2012 – It seems like everyone derived some benefit from Dyn’s first-ever Culture-Con — even the keynote speaker.

“I got so many great ideas,” said Donavon Roberson, Director of Service Innovations at OOBE and formerly Culture Evangelist at Zappos.

More than 50 people crowded Dyn’s world headquarters at 150 Dow Street in Manchester’s historic mill district on Tuesday to participate in the event, which also featured a panel of local businesses talking about their own company cultures.

Roberson discussed the importance of creating a workplace that brings out the best in employees. He learned these lessons from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and is fine tuning them at South Carolina-based OOBE.

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Donavon Roberson (Photo: Lynda Elliott/Dyn)

During his time at Zappos (also a Dyn client), he advised lots of companies on the value of culture in the workplace. He said some needed to be explained about the incredible benefit of an enviable workspace, but he didn’t feel the same way about those present at Culture-Con.

“What was fascinating for me, and I talked with a couple of people about this, is we didn’t have to convince anybody about why discussion like this matter,” Roberson said. “It was more about sharing ideas.”

Roberson said it was rewarding to see that so many businesses — mostly smaller to mid-size — were working on their culture. While most people present were from the Granite State, representatives from a company in Los Angeles, CA, made the trip and said it was well worth it.

This was Roberson’s first visit to Dyn and he found the Manchester-based company refreshing.

“They’re certainly walking the talk,” Roberson said. “I saw it not just in the decorations and the office space, but by walking around and interacting with employees. I could tell they care about me as a person.”

Roberson wasn’t the only one excited about the day. Dyn’s Director of Culture & Talent Development and event organizer Chris Widner said it was phenomenal.

“The audience was great,” Widner said. “There was a lot of participation and by the end, people were viewing each other as if they were part of a community.”

Adding to that community feel was the exchange of business cards and contact information between attendees. Widner said those who exchanged would be checking in with each other in the near future to see if goals made today were reached.

Widner added one of the attendees told him that in his own business culture, he had always felt like he was missing one thing in creating the optimal environment. He said he found that missing piece at the event.

“To hear that was awesome,” Widner said. “That goes beyond our goals for the day.”

Widner said the event was so successful that it is likely Dyn will host similar ones in the future.


Founded in 1998, Dyn is the worldwide Internet Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) leader, powering Managed DNS and Email Delivery for more than four million enterprise, small business and personal users. With 15 data centers around the world and industry-leading uptime for over 10 years, Dyn’s commitment to customer relationships and engineering excellence shines every day. Uptime is the Bottom Line.

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