The time has come for startups to operate differently.
The time has come where building an MVP and finding product-market fit isn’t enough. Where you can spend all your time working on your pitch deck and business plan without thinking about helping other people.
It’s time for startups to look for opportunities to give.
We at Wombat are proud to announce our new initiative.
#startupgiving is very simple.
We commit to find something every week to give away.
As an early-stage startup our resources are obviously limited, but we’ve decided that that is no longer a good enough excuse.
- We’re going to look for ways to give to our local startup ecosystem.
- We’re going to give our expertise to other companies for free.
- We’re going to spend some of our time volunteering at non-profits in our area.
- And we’re going to find ways to unexpectedly delight our customers.
We’re joining Siftech this week, so for our kickoff we’re giving homemade cookies with handwritten notes to the other startups joining the accelerator.
Why are we doing this?
As a company, the importance of giving has been clear to us since we started. We built our entire product around the idea that Users are People, too. And yet we didn’t have to guts to really own our philosophy and make giving a fundamental part of our company culture.
We kept making excuses
I don’t have time!
Everyone knows that building a successful startup is extremely difficult. To build a sustainable company with a healthy culture that knows how to respect their employees and customers is hard (hey Uber and United, you’re doing it wrong!) Building a startup is a ton of pressure full of sleepless nights and lots of caffeine.
As a result, startups end up being super-focused on building their product or finding investment. And when we do that, we lose sight of the fact that we are part of a larger project called Humanity.
But giving isn’t expensive. In fact, for everything you give away you end up getting much more back. Whenever you help out another company or person, or do something unexpected to surprise and delight your customers, the ROI is immeasurable.
We don’t have anything to give!
This is just not true.
As an early stage startup, we don’t have millions of dollars in the bank. And we don’t have a huge team.
But every little bit helps. And we can find things to give away things that we can afford.
What are we going to give away?
We’re haven’t fully planned it out yet, but here are some ideas we’ve thought about.
And we hope that you join us.
A few other startups have already committed to join us in our initiative.
We hope that #startupgiving will grow and more and more startups will join us in giving just for the sake of giving. If you’re interested in joining, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter (@getwombat) and let us know.
And as Hillel the Jewish sage famously said:
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, who am I?
And if not now, when?
– Ethics of our Fathers, 1:14
Looking forward to hearing from you!