And we’re back…. There’s been a bit of a post “drought” in the past month. As many of you know I moved on from High Country Venture in early September. One would think that I would have plenty of extra time to crank out blog posts while searching for the next thing. But something strange happened, I lost my voice. Every time I sat down to write something my posts felt flat and without perspective. I was searching for my point of view. Well now I’m back and I’m happy to inform you that I’m sitting on the other side of the table. I’m an entrepreneur.
I recently joined the team at PivotDesk, and I’m incredibly excited for the road ahead. PivotDesk is a tech start-up founded on an empathetic approach to helping entrepreneurs in the startup grind . PivotDesk founder and serial entrepreneur, David Mandell, has first hand knowledge of the difficulty taks of launching a business. Through his entrepreneurial journey he became acutely aware of the pain of finding flexible and affordable office space for a small team. Through PivotDesk he sought out to remedy this problem.
An early stage company should be focused on iterating the product and finding something that delivers value to the customer. There is huge list of to dos for this small, resource constrained team and finding office shouldn’t be as hard as it is today. Office space is necessary, but it isn’t a differentiating factor in your company’s product offering and founders should spend as little time as possible on this task. Unfortunately this is easier said then done. Recently launched startup that need a small office aren’t ideal customers for brokers. Further, a building owners want a minimum of a 3 year least term and it often takes 6+ months to prep the office before move in day. It’s pretty obvious that these terms don’t work for a high growth startup that is changing on a daily basis. PivotDesk is a solution to help small companies find a flexible and affordable place to grow their business.
One of my favorite parts about my role at High Country Venture was that I was in a position to support early stage companies in their quest for greatness. Whether it was a portfolio company who needed a connection or simply someone looking for feedback on the pitch, it was my job to lend a helping hand. It was great to see the impact I could have on a company by company basis, but it also made me feel like I was doing my part to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. It feels good that I can continue to help companies and make a positive impact on the health of the ecosystem.
PivotDesk’s mission is to help. I love the idea that the next successful startup could start out using PivotDesk to house their team. The idea that the PivotDesk platform matches companies, enabling unintended collaboration which may lead to the next big, transformative idea. The idea that on a macro level, PivotDesk is increasing the entrepreneurial density in the regions it serves. In an interview with Elon Musk, Wired author Chris Anderson recently wrote “All of the entrepreneurs I admire most have sought not just to build great companies but to take on problems that really matter.”
Although our mission isn’t as audacious Elon Musk’s SpaceX, I believe that what we are doing truly matters. PivotDesk is here to make a positive impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are here to help.