Published on May 29th, 2013 | by Jose Vasquez0
Startup Tech Companies: Making a Mission Count
Mission statements are important to describe and focus startup tech companies, but you need to make them more than just a tagline.
Does your startup tech company have a mission? If so, is it something you’re truly passionate about, or something you arbitrarily put on paper so you could have a mission statement to throw around?
Luis von Ahn, a co-founder of startup company Captcha and multiple other tech endeavors, recognizes the difference. Von Ahn identifies three major focal points startup tech companies need to cover in order to thrive as a mission-based business:
- Building and keeping a positive culture
- Reiterating the endgame often
- Valuing a mission more than money
Since mission-based companies tend to thrive more than others, let’s take a look at each of these ideas in more detail.
1. Building and keeping a positive culture
Your workforce needs to be talented and experienced, but having a room full of experts is only going to take you to a certain point. As an entrepreneur, you need to facilitate a positive workplace environment that values and encourages strong ethics and true passion. Your team needs to be focused and enthusiastic about what they’re doing, or your company could devolve into mediocrity.
2. Reiterating the endgame often
It’s easy to get lost in day-to-day activities, but there is far more motivating power in focusing on the endgame. Know what your mission is, not just for the day but for the decade, and never lose sight of your ultimate goals.
3. Valuing a mission more than money
If you’re going to be truly successful, you need to believe in what you’re doing, and not just because you want to see a big payoff. Entrepreneurs often focus too strongly on the financial bottom line. While it’s important to monitor your finances, your goal should be finding and perfecting a solid mission. With a great vision and a powerful execution, the money will come in time.
Build and nurture a mission for your company, and everything will eventually fall into place. Hard work and good planning are the cornerstones of every successful business, but mission-focused businesses will succeed in more ways than money-focused ones.
Click on the following link to read Jeremy Quittner’s Inc. magazine article, 3 Simple Ways to Make Your Company Mission Matter