Collaboration, Awesomeness, Transparency, Sharing, Respect, Openness, Authenticity, Righteousness
Collaboration: We are building a community, network, and crowd of real creators — startup founders. Connect with and support each other. Make friends, team up, launch great products. We can do more together than alone.
Awesomeness: Work on things that you are passionate about. If you do something that excites you, then you have a better chance at becoming the best in the world at that one thing. Tony Hsieh once said, “whatever you are thinking, think bigger.”
Transparency: This is a place where you can be transparent about the ups and downs of building your startup. If you need help or advice, ask the community because someone might have the solution that you need. When participating in this community, never lie about numbers, KPIs, or any other details about you and your startup. Doing so may lead to suspension or a lifetime ban from the community.
Sharing: Share something small every day. Show your latest product update, your work process, or inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Create content within our community and syndicate it to other networks to get feedback and visibility for your startup. Don’t worry about your number of followers or naysayers. Filter the feedback, iterate, and learn how to craft great short stories about your work.
Respect: People join our community because they want to improve the world, themselves, and/or others. Respect each other. When providing feedback, aim to be helpful. Critique the idea, not the person. Remember that none of us are right 100% of the time, and somebody else may see something that we don’t.
Openness: Anyone who identifies as a startup founder may join the community. We do not have exclusivity, privilege, or bias here. We do not filter in any way based on experience, race, ethnicity, color, sex, age, or education. This is what makes our community different.
Authenticity: Be true to yourself and your ideas. Ship something. Do not steal ideas from other members. Although stealing ideas may be common practice in the tech world, it is not part of our culture here and will not be tolerated. If someone is working on something similar, make an a connection, try to collaborate, work together. If they are not interested, then you did your part and can proceed in competition. If you believe someone in the community is ripping off ideas, please report it to the community admin. Breaking this guideline may lead to suspension or lifetime ban from the community.
Righteousness: The small things can make a big difference in people’s lives. Often, we get back what we put in into something. Be righteous to each other.