The values I look for in startups

The last few days I met up with a ton of Estonian startups, including portfolio companies Deekit, Lingvist, and Sorry as a Service, and Teleport and Jobbatical. Interacting with them made me think through what values I appreciate and value in startups, and in startup ecosystems. Some of them are:

  • openness in interaction and transparency in thought and action
  • any action is better than no action
  • everyone grows richer (intellectually, materially) together
  • unique value creation is valued and compensated
  • grow long-term value versus creating short term value
  • build networks grow on top of other networks
  • intellectual honesty in thought
  • surface and embrace tension

These are important to me and I actively look out for them in new startups I meet