The Startup Manifesto
We are uncovering better ways of building startups by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
Getting stuff done now
over planning the perfect way forward
Positive mindset and relationships
over head down working and holding people to account
Learning and adapting
over expertise and known knowledge
Flexibility and change
over set methods and processes
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
Get stuff done now:
- Work out what’s best for your specific situation, using principles to guide you, rather than just following a set process or methodology.
- Focus on solving people’s problems and pursue them with vigour, don’t become attached to one specific solution.
- Take small incremental steps now rather than planning large leaps for the future.
- Focus and simplicity are integral to success.
Positive mindset and relationships:
- Communicating frequently and clearly across all areas of your startup can have deep reaching positive impact in many unexpected ways.
- Identifying and addressing problems early can prevent costly situations from escalating or occurring.
- A solid work ethic is a staple for most founders but stepping back from the situation, assessing it and working out the smartest plan of attack can save you wasted time and lead to better outcomes.
- Accepting and embracing failure across your startup will enable you to move forward and learn from your experiences.
- In all areas of your startup people are the focal point, treat them with trust and respect.
Learning and adapting:
- Short cycles and feedback loops in all areas of your startup enable the business to move forward with knowledge and understanding.
- Ensure there is purpose and relevance to the feedback you are gaining and that the outcome can drive action.
- Embrace the unknown and accept that you do not and can not know all the answers. Work in a way that enables you to find the answers.
- Ideas and solutions can come from anywhere and anyone, be open to input.
Flexibility and change:
- As your startup grows, processes and structures will change. Adapt and move with your startup as it goes through these various stages.
- Testing, validating and learning are essential to your startup’s success, not everything has to be scalable.
- Don’t get set in your ways, always be open to change and be able to move.
The Startup Manifesto was created by Hayden Slaughter and Thomas French. We are currently working on our own startup called Fidget which is an online tool for entrepeneurs to develop their ideas into startups.