April 13, 2021
Anyone who is just ‘coasting along’ is probably going downhill. ~ Anonymous
Just think if you could start life over, a clean slate, while retaining all your years of experience and knowledge. And if you believe, as I do, that obstacles are the building blocks of learning, wow, we would all be masterminds. A similar comparison can be applied to a fresh start-up company, but only if it has an experienced, knowledgeable team championing its success rather than the typical inexperienced start-ups usually struggling with inefficiencies and shaky operational structures.
Alarming research by the SBA (Small Business Association) states that the rate of failure over 10 years for startups is 90% which drives home the importance of a wicked-smart executive team and accompanying players. The SBA’s research of business owners blames failure on six challenges: not enough money, being in the wrong market, lack of research, bad partnerships, ineffective marketing, and not being an expert in the industry. Many studies of startups say that having a skilled mentor(s) on the team is key to executing on the right ideas and achieving profits.
If you are fortunate enough to be in an imaginative start-up like RIBBIT making real-time decisions in an agile environment, it gives a company a leg up on competitors, rather than an established business stuck in its ways. And if the start-up is skilled enough to have negligible competitors like RIBBIT, applying a laser focus on continuing product enhancements and upgrades can retain the advantage for many years. To be unencumbered in the post-COVID business environment without established practices or processes liberates the mind of a company in unimaginable ways. As mentioned in a past blog, it is a time for businesses to embrace divergent thinking, to reinvent themselves, and to step into the future like never before.
RIBBIT, the bold and darling startup brainchild of a 23-year payments company, Cash Flow Solutions, is challenging the methodology behind today’s financial decisions impacting consumer affordability. RIBBIT’s data scientists use predictive analytics along with relevant bank data creating a more meaningful and sharper insight into a consumer’s affordability profile. The risk formula, analyzing thousands of consumer spending attributes, is a win-win for both businesses and their customers opening the doors to more funds being distributed to reliable consumers who can afford them.
RIBBIT appreciates that having a brilliant product in a start-up is the first step for longevity. But supporting it with a championship team is what paves the road to success. The experienced mentor/coach in a start-up recognizes the significance of chemistry in a winning company culture: skilled, fearless, supportive, communicative, spirited, steadfast, motivated, confident, and enjoyable employees. Team chemistry contributes to growth and stability and wins championships!
When asked about the advantages of a start-up, Shawn Princell, CEO/President of RIBBIT, remarked that start-ups focus on solving specific problems or needs that are unmet in an industry while larger companies are often burdened with legacy business models that may not encourage innovation.
Stay tuned . . .
The word remote is such a lonely word, bringing up images of an isolated cabin in the woods, hungry wolves prowling about, and potentially a shortage of food and supplies. Today’s remote office/branch office (ROBO) is often the polar opposite of the Hansel and Gretel version. ROBO is usually set up in the employee’s house often located in a separate town, state, or country from the company’s main office.
Never be afraid to fail. Failure is only a stepping stone to improvement ~ Tony Jaa
I remember my young daughter’s disheartening basketball coach yelling at the team “don’t shoot the ball unless you are going to make it.” Naturally, the team was afraid to shoot the ball so they never scored enough points to win. An enlightened coach would have said “shoot the ball until you make it.” Giving the girls permission to miss the basket without fear of blame would have released their potential. This same philosophy in the workplace is liberating: push yourself, learn from mistakes, and use your knowledge to improve. Slam dunk!
It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human ~ Will Rogers
One of my father and husband’s favorite TV characters was Andy Rooney, who appeared at the end of every 60 Minutes episode with a short critique on the condition of the world. Andy was the dessert at the end of the informative and serious news program, culminating with a rise of his bushy eyebrows, a twinkle in his eyes, and his witty, often acerbic insights about the way things were. And was often said, he could say so much with just a few words.