It’s Thursday, and we’re four days out from the launch of the Zero to Revenue(Z2R) Challenge 📈. In case this is the first time you’ve come across us, hey 👋, nice to meet you. I’m Lizzie, one of 3 founders taking a product from Zero to Revenue in One Week, while live streaming the whole thing.
Why are you taking on such a challenge?
We’re tired of hearing the rose tinted glasses version of events that’s churned out by successful startups describing the early days. We aim to pull back the curtain and show the tough decisions, difficult conversations and the failures that are inevitable when building something new.
We’d thrown on our Z2R black t-shirts, one of the few expenses clocked up from our prep for the challenge, and headed across to the West End of Edinburgh, Scotland. Thanks to our sponsors, AnywhereWorks, Rutland Street will become our home for a week.
Stepping into the airy, light hallway, I immediately head over to the bookcase which is full to the brim with what seems like everything on my audible wish list. I realise that it’s going to take some effort for me to focus — if you see me disappearing from the livestream at all during the week, you can presume I’ve given in to temptation and curled up in one of their comfy reading chairs, half way through some Brené Brown.
When we came up with the idea to livestream our endeavours during the Zero to Revenue Challenge, my fellow founder, Robert Gelb reached out to places in town to ask if someone would want to partner up by giving us a space to work in and film for the week in exchange for promotion. Anywhere Works saw our challenge as the perfect opportunity to promote the brand and the newly-opened Edinburgh collaboration space to the startup scene. If you’d like to see the copy we used for outreach, along with other resources, join our Slack community and ask us anything — we’re happy to share.
A partnership with AnywhereWorks made sense, as our interviews we will be distributing with founders, ecosytem experts and investors ties in nicely with their values of learning, sharing, and giving back. Work is what you do, not where you do it, and their philosophy of empowering work wherever it happens (they also have a team communication tool and virtual receptionist services) without adding to our carbon footprint resonates with us. The space is brilliant, with six rooms, which can hold 6–12 people, designed with creativity and collaboration in mind. Each room has white boards for brainstorming, comfy seats for breakouts, and, our favourite feature, teleport booths.
We love the vibe at AnywhereWorks, and its bookcases, snugs, and great tea collection make a perfect backdrop for showcasing how working from anywhere works (see what I did there?).
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