Investing in the People Stack: Growing Oaks from Seed (Altruists Welcome)

  1. Inexperience, failure rates, misallocation of capital
  • aspects of the startup and scale-up worlds are how new companies or technologies will be created in the future (applied in whatever context large or small),
  • small cross-skilled and experienced teams can/do/will have global impact,
  • there’s a knowledge gap in the startup world which time and experience usually fills,
  • people are the difference in a range of cases, between success and (bad) failure,
  • automation is going to wipe out (or dislocate) a significant proporition of work apart from the most creative jobs, then;
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What if…instead of investing in ideas we invested in people before they have the ideas or the ability to execute them?

  • cannot afford to pay the entry fee, or
  • those who have already racked up huge debts from university and wouldn’t be able to add to them prior to starting to earn, or
  • those who need extra support outside of the course itself
  • provide a way into the tech world from a diverse range of backgrounds and education levels
  • create opportunity without incurring debt for young people
  • join a community of skilled people in more experienced teams and organisations
  • accelerate learning to create forever learners with a “continuous skill development mindset”
  • create a community/cohort/alumni that is both active & supportive
  • embed startup “yes, try it” thinking and best practice into a generation

That some of these things exist already is a good sign. It’s the bringing it all together that’s our challenge now.

It’s a mix of altruism and self interest — yet isn’t every early stage investment?

From small seeds grow big oaks, or something like that…

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I help build and grow things on the internet. Product + People + Growth. Together we can go further. “chief climate officer” @ Zopeful.com

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Adam Oskwarek

Adam Oskwarek

I help build and grow things on the internet. Product + People + Growth. Together we can go further. “chief climate officer” @ Zopeful.com

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