14. September 2010 14:55
Something ventured, something gained. But not what you think!
Two weeks ago, the phone rang. It was a business colleague I admire. He’d been reading my blog, and wanted to get together and discuss a venture he was working on.
Intrigued and excited, I met with him over an afternoon beer. He told me about a project that he and a few partners were working on. I believe his sole objective was to get my perspective – and to have a new set of eyes review his project. We talked for an hour, we brainstormed, I offered some opinions, and then we returned to our offices.
I really enjoyed that meeting. In fact, I left the meeting feeling very excited. Why? First, I was excited for my friend. I was excited that he had invited my opinions on his project. I was grateful that he has so much respect for me, he wanted to hear my comments.
None of this excitement had anything to do with personal gain. You see, I made it very clear that I am not an investor or a venture capitalist, and I wanted nothing in return for my time and ideas. I wasn’t looking for 10% of his company, or for options, shares or the possibility of gaining anything in the future from his success. For me, I was happy enough just to sit with him for an hour, and to be working within my unique ability.
My unique ability. Your potential asset.
My unique ability is a talent for dreaming…inventing…creating business ideas…and working with people as their ideas come to fruition, and turn into profitable companies. When I thought about our meeting, I realized I wanted more opportunities to exercise this creative ability. Brainstorming business ideas doesn't feel like work to me – it exhilarates me - and I often lose track of time. Hours can go by and I sometimes don’t realize it.
The coolest part is that the feeling is the same, whether I am working on one of my ventures or on someone else's.
So, I have an idea. I am going to start an entrepreneurs' round table. Eventually I'll need a better name than that, but that's not important now. What is important is the basic structure of this alliance I'm envisioning. I will organize monthly meetings of like-minded entrepreneurs – we can get together someplace comfortable where we can eat, drink and have privacy to talk freely.
Just a couple of Golden Rules...
The rules will be quite simple. All current or potential entrepreneurs are invited to participate. There will be no confidentiality agreements and no non-disclosures. There will be no investment opportunities, and no one can ask for venture capital from other group members. We will trust each other with our ideas – everything is held in confidence, on an old-fashioned honor system.
We will listen to each other's ideas, projects and obstacles. We will all offer advice, exchange ideas, and work together to bring new ideas to the table. The only requirement is that you come with your idea. It can be just an idea, or it can be an existing profitable company. Our objective is to build a network, a support group and to gain each other's trust as advisors for a long-term relationship.
…and an eye towards your future.
I don't have any other details worked out yet. At this point I'm anxious to see what levels of interest l might have - I'd like to start with a minimum of 3 or 4 people. If you want to be a part of this, get in touch with me. Email, call, text, Facebook, even send an old fashioned smoke signal if you have to, but don't miss out on the opportunity to take your creation to the next level.
Come on! Come dream higher with me!