The purpose of this article and future articles on leadership is to give practical advice that comes from good research intertwined with a few of my own experiences. These will not be fluffy articles, but I will try to use stories as often as possible to help you retain the information you’re learning here. In my opinion, the best leadership advice enables you to go from a high level vision to real life application. High level concept quotes will be shared when they can be used to help guide us to greater understanding, not just to provide you with false reassurance.
If you’re like me you probably enjoy hearing the "looks great!" part of this feedback, but you needed something different. You needed feedback that makes you re-think your premise, or gives you insights into points you left out that could strengthen your position. You needed someone to ask questions you had not considered.
If we want to avoid a future where people are being replaced by robots we need to start giving ourselves more strategic time now. We need to get better at putting our strategic time to good use. Not tomorrow, right now. The future of robots or computers taking jobs is already here. The greater difficulty in front of us today is learning how to take advantage of the time savings that robots give us. I don't think this means more time at the beach!
Where once the price of entry into Fintech was sky high due to difficulty in obtaining data, needing to build out intense PCI compliance, or having to hire in big talent with a ton of experience in FinTech, now startups can take advantage of API’s offered by a number of innovative FinTech companies to launch their amazing ideas in mere weeks as opposed to months or years.
After talking with a few real people in coffee shops and around town I ripped out a website over a weekend showing off the product that I planned on building and asking people to sign up for early access once the product was complete. The idea was to gauge the level of interest by routing some traffic to my website and seeing how many people signed up. I made the call to action as direct as I could and published the website late on a Saturday night.