Because it takes a village to raise a boss.
Many people are familiar with the African proverb: "It takes a village to raise a child." Similarly, curativ believes that a village is key in helping diverse professionals grow and shape their career paths. I'd like to create a mobile platform for diverse professionals that leverages their culture, knowledge and skills to build and empower a community of “bosses.”
1. Goals for building my team.
curativ is still very new, and I'm a solo founder. My top priority for early 2016 is to recruit for two positions: Researcher and Storyteller. I plan to improve my own coding skills so that I can build all or most of the new platform (e.g. a mobile and/or desktop app) and focus on nurturing those first hires.
In lieu of a salary, I'm exploring ways to support professional and personal growth (e.g. mentorship, course credit, remote work, recognition and paid subscriptions to work-related platforms).
2. Ideas for "making it rain."
I tested my first concept last year, but I didn't get the results and feedback that I had hoped for. It was not easy and safe; it did not really address the problem that I sought to solve, and it left out some important features that my target audience desired. It did help to steer the company in a clearer direction.
This time around, I want to focus on:
3. One customer service strategy.
4. Landing positive PR.
5. curativ's Ecosystem
Those who support curativ are mainly friends, family, acquaintances and a small list of e-mail subscribers. Recruiting help will make it easier for me to engage them regularly, develop more intimate relationships and produce steady content.
One suggestion that keeps coming out of this ecosystem is for curativ to facilitate conversations that are easy to access and feel natural.