Huddle makes it easier and more affordable for startups to plug into highly-skilled product and design teams. Founders tell us what they need, from help building a product or brand from scratch to relaunching with fresh designs and new growth strategy, and we match them with a hand-picked fractional team from our creator community. Our teams get work done through a series of hands-on, managed sprints that lighten the load for founders.
In private beta since September, we’ve been humbled by the energy surrounding our creator community and by the number of founders trusting us as a partner. …
A friend recently shared with me the following 4-phase framework for building partnerships: (1) Admiration, (2) Chemistry, (3) Commitment, and (4) Compatibility.
Below is an adaptation of my friend’s framework for co-founders. I’ve found choosing and managing partnerships in early-stage startups to be especially important. Good relationships drive incredible results, and bad relationships regularly kill startups.
The best venture capitalists and accelerators all insist that entrepreneurs need a co-founder to succeed. We think that is demonstrably and obviously false.
According to Reboot, roughly 65% of companies fail because of co-founder conflict. A study by The University of Southern California Marshall School showed that 10% of co-founders break-up within the first year and a whopping 45% end by year four.
To learn why the ecosystem places so much emphasis on co-foundership, we surveyed top VCs in New York. Here are the top three reasons we found that investors prefer backing companies with two people at the top:
Last week an article was published in Verge about Away that painted a negative light on its leadership and culture, to say the least.
If you’ve read anything I’ve written in the past three years, you’ve likely grasped my enthusiasm for leadership and team development. I first wrote about leadership while I was a partner at Jakt, where the CEO and I hired our first executive coach. After working with Elizabeth Pitt for six months and also participating in Landmark, I looked around the startup ecosystem and thought, “Wow, what the hell are we teaching founders inside accelerators?”
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“… [a] patients medial temporal lobe was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. The patient was asked by his doctor — “do you feel hopeful about the future?” To which he responded “I guess so, I don’t really think much about the future.” That same patient once described thinking about the future as being asked to find a chair in an empty room. The future and the past seem to be somehow linked in the mind. When you let your mind wonder, you switch back and forth all the time, remembering and…
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We know that vulnerability is the cornerstone of courage building. But what we often fail to realize is that without vulnerability there is no creativity or innovation. Why? Because there is nothing more uncertain than the creative process. And there is absolutely no innovation without failure. Show me a culture in which vulnerability is framed as weakness, and I’ll show you a culture struggling to come up with fresh ideas and new perspectives.
-Brené Brown, Dare To Lead
To us this says it all: “Show me a culture in which vulnerability is framed…
On Sunday, August 26th we hosted a dinner where we talked about authenticity. This post summarizes key takeaways from our discussion and acknowledges those who attended. Enjoy!
Authenticity is the act of being original, “true to one’s personality, spirit, or character.” It occurs when your actions are harmonious with your own beliefs and desires, despite external forces. Authenticity is the act of keeping it real, allowing others to see and show up for the genuine you.
Authenticity is important (to us) for two main reasons:
First — Live in line with your intentions.
It simply feels good to act in…
Takeaways from dinner on July 29th, 2018
On Sunday, July 29th we hosted a dinner on action planning. This post summarizes big takeaways from our discussion and acknowledges those who attended for participating. Enjoy!
To us, action planning is the process we go through in order to make our dream creations reality. At the risk of sounding cheesy or completely obvious, we’ve observed that the only difference between those who create amazing things — products, companies, relationships, etc. — are those who do vs. those who do not. Action planning is the process of planning our “doing.” …
On Sunday, June 24th we hosted a dinner where we discussed flow state. This article summarizes big picture takeaways. Enjoy!
Flow, aka being “in the zone”, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of said activity. It’s the state of complete absorption in what one is doing, resulting in one’s loss of their sense of space and time. (Thank you Wikipedia.)
Flow was originally coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. (Thanks to him, too.)
No one really knows. What we…
Hello, and welcome back to the Sunday Conversation. This is our second blog post, recapping learnings from our last dinner where our community discussed partnerships. Since this is only our second post, I’ll use this opportunity to recap what we’re about.
Sundays is a rapidly growing community about conscious leadership in NYC and LA . We believe the world and its organizations would work better if people shared more. We think it starts with communication and creating places and companies that let people fully show up as themselves. We gather at secret locations for dinner on Sundays to discuss topics…