Sadness over losing two of the greats within the last few days - Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Ray's wife worked for Kate Spade before they got married and was always amazed by how wonderful the entire brand was. And of course as a foodie, Anthony Bourdain taught the mainstream to embrace different cultures and ways of life.
It's led us to reflecting on the need for greater support within the entrepreneur community. In the Inc article called "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship", one entrepreneur describes it this way:
"It's like a man riding a lion. People think, 'This guy's brave.' And he's thinking, 'How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?"
We're based in LA now, but we started the company in New York. Our experience may not be representative of the community at large, but we find the LA business community to be significantly more collaborative than NY. It might be the difference in the DNA of the two cities - LA being grounded in the movie business where everyone is a freelancer going from project to project, working together to create something massive, whereas NYC is as corporate as it gets, where everyone is trying to climb the ladder and fight for their promotions.
When Sene was getting started in NYC, every startup we respected always talked about how great things were, never showing any sign of weakness. These were incredibly brilliant people who were very successful in their own right. And so we bought into the smoke & mirrors approach, just thought that was how things go - be nice of course but protect yourself, keep your resources close, and always project a perfect image.
Getting back to the riding-the-lion analogy, we feel much better about not getting eaten when you are riding alongside some amazing men and women.
It's changed our perspective on collaboration. The market is big enough. Let's share the struggles, let's be generous with our resources, and let's collaborate. Entrepreneurship is incredibly hard but it's also incredibly rewarding, and the journey is better with others.
- Ray + Mark