23 April 2015Culture is one of the core elements that startups consistently underestimate. Yet, experienced entrepreneurs identify culture as instrumental to their company's success. As such, we are continuing to highlight practical examples of startups that bring Culture to life. Today, I am pleased to introduce Education Resource Strategies (ERS) as a wonderful example of a values-based organization. ERS has a clear and compelling vision to help transform education through smart resourcing. As you’ll read below, Karen and Allison have developed a robust set of core values that they have integrated into their venture, ERS. These entrepreneurs have engrained their values into everything from on-the-job behavior to their weekly standup meetings, bi-weekly coaching, monthly innovation days, and more. This ethos is also an important part of their overall strategy and extends into their partnerships outside ERS. It’s an exciting example of culture at work and for an important cause. Enjoy their story!
10 April 2015Last night at 12:01 PDT, I bought an Apple watch without trying it. I bought it as an investor, and made a trade for the long term to buy into Apple even further when Apple initially dipped this morning. But I know I don’t need the watch as a consumer. And, you likely won’t either. So what is my reasoning for buying it and investing further in Apple?
10 March 2015
Over the last couple of weeks in Jeff Bussgang’s class at HBS on Launching Technology Ventures (LTV), we have discussed the challenges of product development from inception to scale and some make or break startup decisions.