Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being's frame of reference. [wikipedia]
"That’s really the purpose of the talk today for me is this empathy of understanding the people that you’re working with. That’s the number one most important thing, hands down. The next most important thing is that there’s collaborative communication." - Kyle Porter of SalesLoft talking to Brian Regienczuk is the CEO and Co-Founder of Agency Spotter
This interview between two staples of the the Atlanta startup scene caught my eye this week. Kyle's focus on empathy isn't new to me but the reminder was great. About your colleagues & customers, are you constantly putting yourself in their shoes? "What are their challenges? What are their pains? What are their fears?"
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Last weekend, cyclists from across Europe gathered for the Dalsland Runt – an independent ride through Dalsland, Southern Sweden. Held since 2011, and growing from a group of three friends, the Dalsland Runt embodies the spirit of adventure riding, taking its participants over the remote gravel roads and forested terrain of Sweden’s ‘lake province’. More snaps on insta & the routes on Komoot.
Based in Berlin & Potsdam, our client Komoot is looking for a passionate Senior Sales Manager to join their team. This app has become essential for me when finding new roads & trails. They have amazing offices, an inspiring culture & a wonderful team! Check out that job & more here: komoot.de/jobs
Our friends at VanMoof here in Amsterdam are also hiring! Started by two Dutch brothers who wanted to develop the kinds of bikes that got people from A to B, without the fuss. Now they're a team of riders, designers, dreamers and doers.
When Kristel & Céline started Headroom Assistance in 2012, it was quite a different company. They were still discovering our what, how and why and had no clear ideal customer.
This past week they launched a new site (check it out!) and hosted a 4 year party (bummed I missed it!). I've used Headroom since before I started hiring & recommend the service to any entrepreneur looking for the secret to having more hours in one day.
"At the end of the day statistics show that most of the startups fail. Despite excellent conditions. Such a waste of time, talent and money."
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Craig Durkin is a talented cyclist, an entrepreneur, and a bit of a mad scientist. A video of his latest contraption–a rail bike, for lack of a better name–caught the eye of my bud Aaron Chamberlain Singletracks.com.
Craig co-founded Concrete Jungle in Atlanta. They pick urban fruit trees, do some farming, and donate everything to in-town food banks and homeless shelters. They have a pedal-powered apple grinder used for making cider, a bike blender for making smoothies/margaritas, a bike-powered water pump for gardening, and now this weird thing. ; ) Keep on tinkering & exploring Craig! Good to see you last week in Kirkwood!