VVM Value #2: Embrace/empower the entrepreneur

Posted on 26. Jan, 2015 by .

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Entrepreneurship is one of the most, if not the most, powerful forces for good in the world.  It is entrepreneurs’ passion and pathological optimism that allows them to create the organizations that change the world.  Helping them reach for those goals is what gets us so excited! Note I said “the entrepreneur.”  The entrepreneur is our [...]

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VVM Value #1: Make everything fun

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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Fun is one of VVM’s unfair competitive advantages.  Here is why… People assume you have to make things formal and stuffy if you want to be “real.”  Formal and stuffy is a drag.  People who help you eventually do it out of a sense of duty… which wears out over time. Make everything fun and [...]

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VVM Value #6: Leverage the experience of the community

Posted on 09. Jan, 2015 by .

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We (staff, mentors, facilitators, startups, donors…) are a community of kick-ass people who love to help startups thrive. That means when we run into a problem – for one of our startups or VVM itself – odds are damn good there is someone in our community who can help. And you know what, they would [...]

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VVM Value #5: Start small, reinforce success, & raise the tolerance for failure

Posted on 09. Jan, 2015 by .

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We humans don’t like “failing.” The way most of us were educated, and the way most of our past jobs trained us, we were taught that any failure was unacceptable. Here at VVM when we start a new experiment/innovation, we start it small. By starting small we ensure that if the experiment fails what we [...]

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