Tuesday, June 29, 2010

3rd Week at a Start Up

I've discovered an indirect correlation between my waking early in the morning and events going as planned.  At the end of the first week, I'd developed my goals, a plan, and my timeline.  Having these three things together, I slept easier.

My goals, much like Obama's, revolves around the first 90 days.  My effort will go toward making significant change quickly.

My Goals

90 Days

  • Review and update as a team our development systems
  • Complete a reporting solution
  • Update website to a CMS
  • Sell to the University of Montevallo (alma mater)
My Plan

Make it through the first 90 days, start on next 90 days.

My Timeline

Bust it for 90 days, readdress after 90 days.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Starting Up at a Start-up

Last week, on May 31st, I began anew at a start-up. Prior to taking the position, I performed due-diligence on the company and myself. What I anticipated was accurate. It is 3am. I woke up at 12:30am thinking about business.

When thinking about my new role prior to accepting, a new weight of business hit me: I will be responsible to the livelihood of others. In business school, I'd heard entrepreneurs discuss the responsibilities of making payroll. Turn it over in my head, I never felt the empathy associated with that level of responsibility. When I had the thought, I felt the responsibility of it.

In my prior position, I was 1 of 225 employees. Essentially, I was 0.4% of corporate output. If I was missing, 99.6% was there to fill the gap. My position was a cost defensive position: I protected against rising costs of business processes. I was neither responsible for revenue, nor strategy. However, what I was responsible for, I nailed.

Now, I am 1 of 9 employees. 10% of total business output. In some roles, I'm as high as 100% of corporate output. My actions are directly responsible for revenues today, next month, and the next month. All decisions are a precedent for the company.

Being early Saturday morning of my first week, this is not the first time I've woke early: it's the 5th. As proposed by legions of thinkers, when I sleep, my brain goes into "fix" mode. My brain is working to get things in order as it sees it. Of course, the best rest is to wake and actually get those in order.

And with that, I'm off to work.