The World Cup German Soccer Team and Start-ups
Here is the deal: I love football (and when I say that I mean soccer). I grew up playing it and watching it incessantly (even had a short stint playing D1 soccer in college). Although other members of my family might lament that my passion for the beautiful game has waned and that I am not much of a fan any more, every four years I find myself anxiously following the games, watching highlights as soon as I get home and running out of meetings to track the latest scores when my favorite team is playing (thank you modern technology).
So it was a delightful surprise to read this latest blog post by Bettina Hein, Founder and CEO of Pixability on VentureFizz drawing parallels between the German world cup team (a big fan!) and start-ups and the lessons the latter can learn from the former. Highly recommended reading.
To paraphrase Ms. Heins analysis, the German Soccer team has the following attributes that start-ups should emulate:
1) Playing the Game as a Team Sport.
2) Staying focused on winning (putting substance before style).
3) Recruiting from a diverese talented pool and having a team that reflects that.
4) Having depth in your team.
I realize that alas the Germans have exited by the time this post goes up, but the article still makes excellent reading and Frau Heins' analysis still holds true.