I’d left my consulting contract, paid tuition and committed the next two months of my life to a full-time program that was devoted to people like me. Game changers.
Some startups hate people with finance or government backgrounds. Or at least that’s what I’d been seeing and hearing. They assumed you had a chip on your shoulder or that you weren’t nimble enough to handle the role or operational changes quickly, let alone reasonably priced.
The first thing Startup Institute was doing for me was providing me with know-how to be impactful on day one. The second, connecting me with people behind the typical sales screen. It provided me with the opportunity to meet the true decision makers face to face before I even needed anything more than a conversation.
The first person who confirmed that I was in the right place…. @emersonspartz. He’s a middle school dropout that graduated from Notre Dame and created his own curriculum that focused on retaining large quantities of information. At the age of 12 he created the #1 Harry Potter blogging site praised by Rowling. Boy Genius. He also founded @omgfacts, you know that site you always see on Twitter. Did I say Boy Genius? Listening to Spartz talk is beyond intriguing and overwhelming, it’s like watching a real life unicorn. He was so passionate about learning and understanding how the brain works. I was sold. If these were the type of people that I’d be working with, I was home. (Read more on Spartz.. http://www.savvysugar.com/MuggleNet-Creator-Emerson-Spartz-Interview-12118880)
Next, there was @EthanAustin, the guy that created the crowd funding source for medical fundraising. Since August 2008 he has changed over 70,000+ lives, and 25% of his customers were word of mouth and 70% of his traffic generated from Facebook. He embodied the full concept of living your mission, vision and values. The product and the values matched up with the person.
By the end of the day, I’d felt like I’d already won.