Tory Gattis

Location Houston
Occupation Software Entrepreneur

About Me

Tory writes the popular Houston Strategies blog on a wide range of topics - including transportation, transit, quality-of-life, city identity, and development and land-use regulations - and has published numerous Houston Chronicle op-eds on these topics. He also co-authored the Opportunity Urbanism study with noted urbanist Joel Kotkin and others, creating a city philosophy around upward social mobility for all citizens as an alternative to the popular smart growth, new urbanism, and creative class movements. He is a native Houstonian, attending Rice University for his BSEE and MBA, and a former McKinsey consultant. He has had a long career in information technology, and is currently the founder and president of OpenTeams, a web-based collaborative software company that emphasizes openness and transparency inside large organizations.

Why do you write?

Mainly just checking the site out, but the two main drivers of my creativity are 1) developing the next generation of organizations that move beyond command-and-control, and 2) strategies for making Houston a better city (my blog).

Any favorite authors? Books?

* A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
* Good to Great by Jim Collins
* The Future and Its Enemies by Virgina Postrel
* The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
* The Future of Management by Gary Hamel
* The Future of Work by Thomas Malone

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