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The Best Co-Founder You Could Have

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Founder In Residence, Startup-Specific Assessments

About Us
Platform Venture Studio (platformstud.io) is the best co-founder you could have. Created by founders for founders, our tried and true methodology turbo charges startups’ velocity to success.

Our studio team does real work, we don’t waste time, and we’ve been there. Platform’s creators, serial entrepreneur Jeremy Burton and 2020 Midas List investor Tim Connors, have 30+ years of experience developing highly successful startups.

In addition to support from our studio team and other portfolio companies, we have a guild of coaches, investors, and advisors, and ~60K+ Platform’s deep network contacts.

We don't chase fads, and we do no harm. Our mission is to build companies that change the world for the better. Each of our startups aligns with our vision and fits into at least one of our themes: the new economy, climate, social justice, and civic engagement.

It's vitally important that startup founders have self-knowledge so they are aware of their strengths and also their weaknesses and potential blind spots. This knowledge helps coaching be more effective. It helps investors mitigate risk. It helps recruiters hire complementary team members and help compensate for founders' blind spots. However, while there are many personality assessments/tests out there, many lack rigor or predictive power. Myers-Briggs has been pretty thoroughly debunked in terms of its ability to predict behavior.

At Platform, we're big fans of Clifton Strengths, but the delivery via the Gallup website is painful, and there is no assistance in team building, nor is there any attempt to correlate strengths with startup outcomes. Various other venture funds use 3rd-party assessment tools but not consistently. In short, we have found no comprehensive strengths/personality screening solution specifically for startups and maximizing their results.

Description

About the Founder-in-Residence Role

A Founder-in-Residence (or "FIR") is an entrepreneur we partner with to build a venture-backed company that solves an Unmet Need. Typically, we begin a partnership with a FIR to develop an idea that is still in its infancy
Please review our Founder Deck here for more information: https://decksend.net/d9c55b6bc5a4d5aa
If you have already raised capital, or already found product-market fit and your unit economics work, then you are likely too late for our Founder in Residence program. We do make a select few traditional pre-seed investments in highly thematic companies. If you are interested in pitching for a direct investment, please use Platform's DeckSend tool to send your deck for consideration: https://decksend.net/
We recommend reviewing this blog post prior to applying to determine if it makes sense for you to apply: https://www.platformstud.io/blog/why-you-should-not-work-with-platform

What Platform FIR’s Get

Income: we believe that the inability to work without income is often a big part of what prevents some founders—particularly those from underrepresented groups—from starting the entrepreneurship journey. However, equity is of course always the primary reward for being a startup founder
Validated startup idea (in the form of Unmet Need and Solution) with strong chance of success
Initial capital and access to our investor network
Tried and true glide-path to success with specific, measurable milestones
Talented, flexible, remote-first studio team with deep expertise in design, engineering, research, and growth to help you build, launch, and iterate efficiently
Shared ops, HR, and G&A functions—legal, talent, finance, etc
Access to Platform Guild, our network of trusted advisors and subject-matter experts
Coaching all along the way

Who We’re Looking For

“Startup DNA”: You have a tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity, paired with a bias toward action and proactiveness. You are driven to succeed. You are always coming up with new ideas and thinking about ways to make things better. Bonus points if you know how to prioritize your ideas to focus on ones that will move the needle

Understanding of founder life: You understand both the highs and the lows of the founder journey, and you have the grit and mental fortitude for it (of course, we are here to support you all along the way!). You know that the day-to-day of a founder’s life is not necessarily glamorous. You might have gotten this understanding from starting a company already, being an employee close to a founder at an early-stage startup, or experimenting with your own entrepreneurial projects and initiatives

Learning ability and growth mindset: You possess strong self awareness, situational awareness, and the capacity for critical self-reflection. You’re not afraid to ask for help, and you’re open-minded, curious, and eager to learn from others. You are able to objectively analyze and communicate your decisions, actions, and their results; process external feedback and other perspectives; and quickly adapt with new information

Passion for our themes: You agree with the quote: “Fall in love with the problem, not the solution” (from Uri Levine at Waze). At the end of the day, you care most about solving a real problem in spaces that matter, and making an impact for those with a deep Unmet Need within our current four themes: new economy, climate, social justice, and civic engagement

Goodness: You have low ego and high integrity. You’re motivated by wanting to change the world for the better. You do what is right. You are collaborative and communicative. You treat your customers, your team, and your advisors with utmost thoughtfulness. You are able to inspire others to goodness.
This application is for Founders in Residence who are interested in partnering with Platform to work on an unmet need of their own proposal. If you would be interested in being the founder for a Platform internally incubated unmet need, you can apply for the available concepts listed here: https://jobs.lever.co/platform-stud/?department=Platform&team=CORE

Note: Please do not pitch us in this application. We do not want to be pitched. We don't want to hear why your idea is the greatest thing ever. At this stage, no idea is the greatest idea ever. That also means if you don't feel like you have a bulletproof, perfect answer to some of these questions that's OKAY. Do your best and show your work.

We most want to understand who you are: your story, your motivation for being a founder, why you care about the problem you're trying to solve, and how you think about and approach problem-solving. Take this opportunity to tell us who you are and let it serve as a reflective exercise for yourself as a founder.

To learn more about our culture and what we value, read The Platform Tao.
We believe diversity is strength. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome candidates of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital or family status, disability, or Veteran status.
MW
7 months ago

Consultant

This is a really interesting endeavor. Given my interest in and work with both startups and assessments, I'd love to explore what it would take to meet this need.

Josh Burkwist core team
7 months ago

Vice President, Talent Acquisition @ Platform Venture Studio

Excellent, Mike! I emailed you.

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