From “Lean Thinking” by Womack and Jones to “The 4 Steps to the Epiphany” by Steve Blank to “Running Lean” by Ash Maurya, we voraciously read about and practice lean everyday. We believe it starts with establishing a culture of leadership. Leaders that are humble enough to learn and driven to get results — the combination needed to achieve your goals before you run out of resources.
The future of work has arrived in the form of entrepreneurial ecosystems: the combination of people, place, process, and resources that increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success. Like our own portfolio company Cospace and Worksody itself, entrepreneurial ecosystems could work for economic development leaders seeking to spur innovation and entrepreneurial-driven economic impact; for schools and educational institutions seeking to foster collaboration and learning among students, faculty, and alums; and forcompanies or organizations who want to enhance teamwork, performance, cost savings, and innovation.
The portfolio companies we have co-founded all have the same goal — an early exit (less than 36 months). Why is that important? #1: the M&A marketplace is still very active due to a number of conditions, and #2: the odds of achieving a $20M exit are much greater than achieving a $500M exit.
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