In conversations with family and friends, it becomes clear time and again how many of them would like to embark on the "start-up adventure" themselves. But in the end, only a few dare to do it and are not afraid of failure. Even a look at the statistics is hardly motivating. Especially considering the very low percentage of female founders, we are all blocking a lot of potential.
Our view of the future
For this reason, we discovered early on that we would also like to motivate others to take this step.
While we naturally focus primarily on the present and our challenges as we develop our product and our company, we always take the time to speculate about the future. We think about where we want to go. We talk about visions and goals. This regular deep questioning is very important for us to get a common understanding of each other's priorities.
A jointly formulated vision was: we help other founders to realize their dreams. We firmly resolved that at some point, with a lot of experience, a network and perhaps some capital, we would help others to make the world a little better. For us, this is especially true for our own employees, if they want to become founders themselves. This strategy was often met with incomprehension: "Others are scrambling for new employees, and you still want to help your people leave the company!" We see it a little differently. Why should it be in our interest to talk our Peers out of starting their own companies, if apparently their inner voice says otherwise? In line with our strategy of not fighting against developments, but steering them in the right direction, the strategy also makes good business sense in our eyes.
- We live the personal development of our employees. We stand by this promise, even if it does not serve our interests.
- If we can support others from within Peerox and achieve a shared success, it is a success and return for all Peers.
- We are creating a trust-based ecosystem and the startup-focused Peer will also go full throttle in the Peerox spirit to eventually enable us to make this vision a reality.
But back to reality: we struggle every day with bugs, difficult decisions, sudden challenges and long sales cycles. Until we help others get started, we have to make sure we do our homework first.