Where did the concept of an ecosystem come from?
It goes back to Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in which there’s this idea of beginning with the end in mind. An ecosystem does that. When you think of business as an ecosystem, you create a structural environment which is supportive and resourceful; a structure that not only analyzes where a client is, but where they want to be, and ultimately, how your company can get them there. Developing a nurturing environment is the key; an environment in which the component structures work holistically together.
An ecosystem is a supportive and resourceful environment.
What were you addressing practically when you built your ecosystem?
I saw a void in the market; particularly, the challenges businesses face related to funding. Many businesses lack the knowledge, expertise, and even the structure that will enable them to attain business funding. And even if those elements are in place, many businesses still don’t know where to go. So this idea of combining people who are looking to fund businesses with people who are looking for those dollars…to me that made sense. We stand in the gap to make that happen; to facilitate that intersection.
Every Entrepreneur, whether man or woman, should start with a robust business structure.
What else would you like your readers to know about your ecosystem?
The level of activity we attend to beneath the business “soil” is pretty staggering. When most people think about seeds growing they don’t really think about the process that’s happening below the soil. But the subtle/unseen but powerful actions we’re taking “underground” on behalf of our clients – that’s what gets me really excited. I’ve always been more attracted to the unsexy problems. That’s where I and my team shine.