Invest in your own luck.

Tiger Woods wins the Masters in 2019, after multiple back surgeries.

Making good decisions, more often than not.

As a startup founder, you’re constantly faced with decision points. Critical junctures in the road, with two or more equally viable paths to go down. Whether it be for revenue forecasting, product functionality, UI/UX, hiring, product subscriptions, and so many other things, startups give you decisions that need to be made. The choices you make determine how successful your company will be.

The benefit of experts (or, Hindsight is Key)

The importance of good influence is usually underestimated. Many people attribute their success first to themselves, but very closely second it’s to the environment they have cultivated for themselves, and the people they’ve had the luxury to work with. Typically, their environment and network will provide positive influence to them, in all aspects of the idea. But it takes a lot of effort to build a good environment for yourself. Particularly if you’re not born into one, or if you didn’t grow up in one, it can be even tougher to build a different or better network for yourself. We’ve seen that firsthand: startup founders who are from the Midwest or the South of the U.S., typically have a harder time cultivating an elite network in VC, Operators / Founders, Domain Experts etc., than their counterparts in New York or San Francisco. Why should that be the case? If it is indeed true that there is a self-selecting bias (wherein more successful startups come out of SF or NY), why not do what we can to level the playing field? There are good ideas everywhere — some just don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Invest in your own luck.

Improve the quality of your network. Expand the people in your network. Take your network into your own hands, and you’ll start to see what some people call “luck” become injected into the growth of your company. Imagine having the former General Partner of one of the largest VC funds in the U.S., a Principal from a $4bn AUM pre-seed VC fund in New York, a Business Development associate from a recently IPO’ed AI company, all in regular communication with you. Meaning, you can literally pick up the phone and have a 1:1 chat with them. No strings attached.

Choose from as many experts as you want, and create multiple layers within your network.

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