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A Whip and a Lightsabre - a True Story (Sort of)

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Culture and values at Forward Partners.

Forward Partners is a new style of venture firm that gets ideas off the ground. Focussing on ecommerce, they bring money, rugged business processes and heaps of ingenuity to form your dream into your business. They welcome you as a real partner. There are no catches.

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A Whip and a Lightsabre - a True Story (Sort of)

  1. 1. A W H I P A N D A L I G H T S A B R E A T R U E S T O R Y ( S O R T O F )
  2. 2. What are Indiana Jones and Yoda doing here?
  3. 3. They represent two archetypes that we relate to at Forward Partners
  4. 4. What’s an archetype Yoda? Seek advice you must? Universal unconscious patterns that drive behaviour they are.
  5. 5. EXPLORER SAGE
  6. 6. Follows paths that are self- discovered and inspires others to explore unchartered territory CHARACTERISTICS - Independence - Testing limits - Bravery - Non-conformity EXPLORER
  7. 7. “We do not follow maps to buried treasures and X never ever marks the spot” – Indiana Jones EXPLORER
  8. 8. “If you want to be a good archeologist, you gotta get out of the library!” – Indiana Jones EXPLORER
  9. 9. Always seeks out the truth CHARACTERISTICS - Wisdom - Intelligence - Clarity of thought - Rational decision making SAGE
  10. 10. “Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda SAGE
  11. 11. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda SAGE
  12. 12. Our team aspire to be like Indy and Yoda There are 7 ways we do that
  13. 13. Seek, share and retain know-how Collaborate to be our best Make good decisions Act with courage Be creative, adventurous and open-minded Get it done, well Enjoy the journey 7 T H I N G S W E L O O K F O R I N O U R S E L V E S
  14. 14. L I V I N G O U R V A L U E S
  15. 15. A lightsabre and whip are always at hand in case of emergency Indy and Yoda don’t have a dress code, so neither do we Monthly socials connect everyone in the room, both Forward Partners’ team and our partners Private family healthcare is standard We measure our happiness every day
  16. 16. Our steampunk hat is used for time travel and predicting the future Our company handbook is light. “Use good judgement” is our main policy Personal reading and blogging is encouraged, as is public speaking We capture our methods and tips in our “Startup Playbook” Our quarterly team objectives are decided as a team
  17. 17. We love our open office where we collaborate with our partners We’ll try new methods, tools, processes Team members can expense any non-fiction book We’re data-inspired and use dashboards to guide us We eat lunch together on Mondays. Always
  18. 18. We run retrospectives to look at how we are succeeding and where we can improve Our process for reviewing and closing investments is fast Feedback to entrepreneurs is honest We have simple standard terms and documents
  19. 19. 7 T H I N G S W E L O O K F O R I N O U R S E L V E S T H E D E T A I L
  20. 20. S E E K , S H A R E A N D R E T A I N K N O W - H O W
  21. 21. We have deep experience, knowledge and skills in our own specialist areas. We share our expertise, helping entrepreneurs to build great businesses. We’re always learning, absorbing new knowledge through practice. S E E K , S H A R E A N D R E T A I N K N O W - H O W
  22. 22. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Albert Einstein
  23. 23. C O L L A B O R A T E T O B E O U R B E S T
  24. 24. It’s by combining and playing to our different strengths that we can achieve great things. We solve problems together and encourage each other to be the best we can. We give and ask for constructive feedback and assistance. We want to be the most helpful team that an entrepreneur could possibly partner with. C O L L A B O R A T E T O B E O U R B E S T
  25. 25. “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin, (maybe)
  26. 26. M A K E G O O D D E C I S I O N S
  27. 27. Good decisions are based on good information and smart thinking. We are decisive and confidently move forward, being able to explain why. Good judgement includes the small stuff. We always strive to be fair and balanced. M A K E G O O D D E C I S I O N S
  28. 28. “An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” Edward De Bono
  29. 29. A C T W I T H C O U R A G E
  30. 30. To be honest, decisive and effective means first being courageous. We have the courage to take brave decisions and do the right thing. We say what we really think. When the path is unclear we assess the options, face uncertainty and commit. A C T W I T H C O U R A G E
  31. 31. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
  32. 32. B E C R E A T I V E , A D V E N T U R O U S A N D O P E N - M I N D E D
  33. 33. We believe that great creativity comes through using good processes, leading edge frameworks and testing the boundaries of what’s possible. We actively seek out new ideas, methods, and people. We recognise and challenge constraints as we aspire to bold solutions. B E C R E A T I V E , A D V E N T U R O U S & O P E N - M I N D E D
  34. 34. “As an engineer I'm constantly spotting problems and plotting how to solve them.” “Life is a mountain of solvable problems, and I enjoy that..” James Dyson
  35. 35. G E T I T D O N E , W E L L
  36. 36. A bias to action and speed is critical for startup success. We’re resourceful, pragmatic with a sense of urgency. We work hard. If we say we will do something, we do it. We strive to find the optimum balance between speed and quality. G E T I T D O N E , W E L L
  37. 37. “The most effective way to do it is to do it.” Amelia Earhart
  38. 38. E N J O Y T H E J O U R N E Y
  39. 39. We’ll be doing this for a long time together and it’s important to have fun along the way. We enjoy each others company, celebrate when things go well and stay cheerful in the face of challenges. We take time to get to know each other and our portfolio companies. E N J O Y T H E J O U R N E Y
  40. 40. “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one’” Dr Suess
  41. 41. Seek, share and retain know-how Collaborate to be our best Make good decisions Act with courage Be creative, adventurous and open-minded Get it done, well Enjoy the journey
  42. 42. www.forwardpartners.com @ForwardPrt

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