This is a picture of the team 2 years or so ago. If I remember correctly, it was during our Christmas party in 2010/2011? It’s been a while, that’s for sure.
Even in these pictures it look like we’re so much younger. As a team we’ve done a lot of growing up, individually and corporately. In many we’ve stuck around because we liked each other more than we liked our products. This plays well into our hand because it allows us to be less passionate about our corporate strategy (e.g. less dogmatic) and allows us to stay much more flexible with changes that come down the pipe.
It allows us to explore fully the “idea maze” and allows us to navigate through it well:
Good startup ideas are well developed, multi-year plans that contemplate many possible paths according to how the world changes.
We didn’t start out with a mega-plan that locked us into one train of thought – rather, we had a vision of digital publishing that has flexed here and given some room to breathe there and even been inflated and deflated as times have changed within our marketplace and sphere.
So in many ways we agree and yet disagree with Dixon (see a good counter-point by Feld here).
We’re open to new things and trying new strategies and methods. We’ve created local history that makes sense for us and has created context that will work for our business needs and goals. 2 years or so ago it would be difficult to imagine where we are today but it feels like it’s right, at least for the time being.
If anything, we’ve found an entertaining and “interesting” maze to explore:
The key here is to put yourself in interesting mazes and give yourself time to figure it out.
Digital publishing is one helluva maze if you ask me.