Every day, entrepreneurs face a thousand decisions and challenges, and sometimes we all stand frozen at a fork in the road. When you’re driving a car asking for help can be uncomfortable, let alone when you’re driving a company forward. It can also be difficult to find the right person to ask for assistance. We’ve all made wrong turns, so let’s learn from each other’s mistakes instead of repeating them ourselves. Everyone has unique experiences and insights we can learn from, so let’s all openly share what we’ve learned along the way.
With this in mind, Startup for Startup invites founders of early-mid stage startups to join us for a one-on-one brainstorming session. Here, we share from our experience and learn from yours.
Before we meet, we ask that you review the guiding principles for our one-on- one sessions and answer some questions. These help all of us prepare for our session and get the most out of our time together.
We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Startup for Startup One on One Session's Guiding Principles:
Privacy goes both ways, that way anything said, asked, showed, and shared won’t be mentioned outside of the room. It isn’t a coincidence privacy is number one. For all of us to get the most out of our meeting, we have to be honest and feel safe doing so.
What happens in Startup for Startup stays in Startup for Startup; always.
For the meeting to be productive, we all need to step away from our sales pitches and get to the point, honestly and openly. We already know we like you, so don’t try to win us over because friends tell it to each other straight.
Our meetings are brainstorming sessions, not a classroom where a teacher dictates the correct answer. None of us are gurus, mentors, or advisors. No one knows everything, but everyone knows something worth sharing. We’re all equals and want to learn from each other’s experience and insights.
When everything works just fine with your venture, the best thing to do is to keep on making it awesome, rake in that momentum and propel yourself forward. Our meetings are about what isn’t working. The more time we spend talking about what is working, the less we spend fixing whatever needs fine tuning.
Sounds Good? Great!
Here are a few questions that will help all
of us prepare for our meeting.