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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    You're featured on the homepage today, Kathryn! Just scroll through the carousel and you'll see yourself!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    Really enjoyed your thoughts Kathryn. I think all the points you make are spot on, and feel the mission piece is paramount. that sense of a team game where there is focused skills but shared ownership and excitement is a rare chemistry to create, and when it's in form, it's the best. I think this also is a key variable in a teams ability to deliver on other key objectives - e.g. broad and open collaboration, cost/benefit analysis, etc. Did you see any learning coming out of the experience that focused around what sub-variables unite teams around missions when folks might not have as spectacular a nucleus as space travel?

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      What I also loved about Kathryn's post was the mention of broad and open collaboration. I think the idea of bringing in experts from varying fields to inform decisions is fascinating- but has to be done right and methodically. Just like how a startup has to manage their resources wisely- you also have to consider how you bring experts/investors/interested customers into your startup idea strategically. Interesting point made about secrecy though. Kathryn- do you think that being transparent when launching a startup is not wise? GOOD member Jess Lybeck brings up interesting points about why transparency with your startup's customers is actually helpful sometimes. She had a blog called that was completely honest about all of her startup's issues.

      • Kathryn Lewis

        Hi Alessandra,
        Thanks for sharing that 30 Days of Honesty piece with me. It is fantastic! I was totally unaware of it. I think they articulated (and showed) the value of a willingness to be vulnerable far better than I could communicate.

        Also - it is not that I think being transparent in launching a start-up is unwise. I think it is easy and natural for entrepreneurs to want to protect their ideas - the fear that someone (or an entity) with more resources can build and bring the idea to market faster is terrifying for an entrepreneur.

        Thanks for the comments!

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          Thanks for the clarity. I totally agree with you. With everything being on the internet these days, it's amazing that any idea can be kept a secret.

    • Kathryn Lewis

      Hi Ben - thanks for your comment and what a great question!

      There were some great lessons and a host of sub-variables. The ones that stand out in my mind include: vulnerability, trust, and self-selection.

      Each entrepreneur got on stage willing to make him/herself vulnerable to a crowd of strangers. S/he recognized the problems his/her business face, and was willing to reveal the business imperfections to solve a given challenge. Being vulnerable, exposing yourself and being trusting come with risks but the upsides usually outweigh the downsides.

      The other obvious point was self-selection. Each person believed the project s/he was working on was the best use of his time, skill, emotion, and energy that met some fundamental level of personal self-fulfillment. Each team member was self-selecting to the value system that was in place at the different organizations.