AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups

September 20, 2010

We often describe partners as a form of “leverage”, as in I personally am able to accomplish more through collaboration with my business partners than I could achieve myself.  I mean partners in the small partnership (like a VC firm) or small team context.  It’s basically the old assertion of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.  And it’s true that one’s partners can amplify the force of any individual.

But instead of the lever, I think a more apt analogy for great partnerships is as a flywheel.  The best partnerships are like a flywheel in that they conserve momentum of the whole entity, regardless of the energy output of any individual partner at that moment in time.  If we were all perpetual motion beings, perhaps sustaining momentum through one’s partners wouldn’t be so critical.  But we’re not.

Let the flywheel keep spinning…

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  • Rob Go
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    @hunterwalk I agree with your second point. And I would have agreed overall at 1/3 the capital raised
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    You know the idea that capital constraints force good discipline and focus? Yeah… seems like @SlackHQ just took a big crap on that.
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    looks like sunrise won before Amy was even able to respond
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    For the first time, my super secret Sunrise scheduler is battling Amy Ingram. Will be an interesting death match.
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    Wow, just got a notification that today is my 5-year anniversary of co-founding NextView. It's been great, but we could be so much better

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