The Agile Startup Week 13: Cross-Continental Cross-Training

The Agile Startup Week 13: Cross-Continental Cross-Training

When a few people get together and found a startup, they’re trying to combine their efforts in a way that will create something new and useful for the world. Even if that something has a proven model—for example, in a franchise—the team of cofounders often must learn a great deal as they move forward. They have to push through the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) that surrounds them. 

In that process, tasks and responsibilities often get divided based upon people’s skills or knowledge. That makes sense. But over time, it can lead to a brittle structure if one person’s absence creates a dangerous vacuum.

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The Agile Startup Week 12: Iterating Toward Scalability

The Agile Startup Week 12: Iterating Toward Scalability

Going big or going small—that’s a question many entrepreneurs deal with frequently.

For startups that are “going big,” that means they need to focus on scalability, or making their business work in such a way that it can grow quickly and make money along the way. For startups that are more about providing an alternative to employment elsewhere for the founders, this isn’t a major concern. Neither approach is inherently better than the other, but they’re quite different. 

Being part of the Cincinnati-based business accelerator The Brandery, GILD Collective is in the “going big” camp.

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