- Culture matters in a startup, don’t work in a startup if you hate the culture. It will only lead to misery.
- Networks are important, ignore nurturing your network at your own peril.
- Mentors make a massive difference. Go find yourself a mentor and try to mentor others.
- Figure out which compromises are worth making and which ones aren’t.
Can’t believe I’m referencing a song by Mark Morrison in my blog title……
I promised myself I’d blog and then before I know it, it’s January 13th and we’re almost half way through the first month of 2014.
2013 was a trying year. Yep, it’s a cliche, many people will write about the trials they faced, but what else can I say?
I began 2013 on an incredibly low ebb. I’d just been dinged for a job on New Year’s Day having been unemployed for a while and continued the unemployment until I was offered a job by Rocket Internet.
I took a job with Rocket Internet in their venture Jumia in Lagos, Nigeria. What followed was an incredibly miserable 3 months of the worst company culture I’ve had the misfortune of working in, alongside living away from my wife and daughter.
I then quit, with no job to go to and returned to the UK and the stars aligned, resulting in my landing a job in under 48 hrs.
I joined Tizaro, an e-commerce startup that I truly believe has the ability to become part of the unicorn club, a club of Billion Dollar startups.
Right now I can honestly say this, I want to end 2014 in a fairly similar way to how I ended 2013. I want to still be working at Tizaro.
Rangespan, Rocket Internet/Jumia, and now Rangespan. I have confirmed some things. I love working in internet startups, e-commerce seems to be my sweet spot and within that, I have done well in operations based roles with a dash of business development thrown in for good measure.
I’ve had a challenging and fulfilling time at Tizaro for the first 7 months. Let’s see what 2014 brings.