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  • Jessica Lowry

    Really love this article! I've just passed the one year mark for my civic tech startup and I hear myself in so many of your lessons learned.

    Not getting hung up on the people and organizations who aren't willing to show their support is very important. As an example, I can get really blown over hearing "no" when I ask a like-minded group to post a link on their Facebook page about an event or major milestone that is of interest to other like-minded people. It never fails to baffle me when small groups say no; and yet, larger groups will say yes.

    I'm always asking potential partners what I can do to support them and in turn I hope they'll support me, but unfortunately non-profits are less likely to help and for-profits are more willing. (I think a lot of non-profits need to wake up to social entrepreneurs.)

    Where my 'wins' come from aren't always from the most likely sources. So staying flexible and shaking off the closed-minded few has been a very important lessoon for me to learn. Keep your eye on the prize and never compromise yourself (or your service).

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Would love to know what for-profits have said yes to you- I think that's a really interesting dichotomy, esp for what you're doing.