As many of you know, I spent the last year working with an incredible and talented team at Checkd.in. We wanted to reinvent the way modern day sponsorships were created. A lofty goal, certainly, but we fought for it because we believed in it. Unfortunately, like every startup, we were faced with challenges, some we could master and others we could not. The decision was made to put a hold on that dream, but I'm thankful that today every one of my teammates and friends have found amazing new ventures, from Maker Studios to Politico.
I've been on my search for that next exciting opportunity and I've found just that with Postmates. Tomorrow I start on a new adventure with an established and well-funded startup that is transforming the way local goods move around a city by enabling anyone to get any product delivered in under one hour. If you're familiar with Uber, think of Postmates as clicking a button and getting a burrito from Chipotle or a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses from Imogene & Willie delivered to your home, just like you're used to getting a cab. This is a big deal, and it's changing the way we get local products into our hands when we want and need them.
Postmates is entering Nashville this month for the first time, and I will be joining the team as the Community Manager. I'll be responsible for the Nashville market and have a focus on making sure the quality, speed, and experience, from when you click that button to when it's delivered, is flawless.
So, if you live in Nashville, prepare to have Hattie B's, Rosepepper, Virago, home supplies, groceries, and much more just a click away, and let me know how you like using Postmates! As someone who loves technology and startups, I'm thrilled to be joining the Postmates team during their growth stage, from new markets to new features. Exciting times are ahead!
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Look... the reality is that most of the problems we have in the world have simple solutions. It turns out a lot of problems actually aren't that complicated - they aren’t rocket science.
Now, that's not to say that it's easy to solve problems. Quite the opposite. The difficult part comes with execution. But that may come in the form of how your solution is implemented, how you build a team and culture, or how you finance and build a business model.
I look at companies like Expensify for inspiration of simple solutions to a simple problem. Expense reports suck, so they made them a pleasure to use.
Or look at Slack: Most people don't like email, Slack cuts down on email and makes offices communicate more efficiently.
Last, look at an app like 1Password. Nobody likes managing passwords and keeping themselves secure. 1Password created an easy way to digitally store passwords and login to your favorite online services.
If you can't explain your business idea simply to a person you pass in the street, chances are you haven't clearly defined the problem (and most likely the solution).
The good news for us all, there are a lot of small problems out there just waiting to be solved.