Who said juggling flaming torches in the middle of a hurricane was easy? Turns out, running a startup or scaleup is just that—riding a rollercoaster through a whirlwind. There are two skills we need as founders trying to manage business chaos — the ability to solve problems and the ability to focus our attention. Spoiler Alert: The latter is the real game-changer. Chaos is the unofficial mascot of every startup or scaleup, and it’s unavoidable.
Our job as founders? Not to run away, but to cleverly orchestrate this pandemonium. Think of yourself as the conductor of a symphony, where each instrument plays the tune of uncertainty. No matter who else is onboard with you, the captain's wheel is yours to steer. If the ship sinks or sails, it’s on your watch. We soon understand that chaos isn't something to 'end', but a wild horse to tame. The trick? Break down this bucking bronco into manageable problems and wrestle them down one by one. It's a real skill that takes some practice, but it is a game-changer for us as founders.
In this month’s edition, we are honoring the local founders who were featured in 2023. From their stories, we learned tips and strategies they used to maintain order amid chaos, including building resilience in their business, investing in a strong team, staying connected with customers, creating flexible processes and systems, and the importance of financial literacy. We heard from founders who mastered the art of agility—having the ability to pivot quickly, be willing to experiment, take risks, and adapt to new circumstances as they arise.
Enjoy this special edition packed full of insights. We are grateful to all the founders who shared their journeys, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Their willingness to share is invaluable as this better equips the founder community to navigate the challenges and opportunities that come up, so others can weather the ups and downs of their business.
Happy New Year!
Jennifer Sutton, Founder and Publisher