I signed up to Y Combinator Startup School with WeRemote.
I'm putting in weekly status reports, watch some of the lectures, and I only missed a single session so far.
During each session I have to talk about the platform and describe it.
__It's like an investor pitch. __
What's funny is that neither myself, nor a many of the founders I talk to manage to keep the presentation short and concise.
We all start giving an origin story of ourselves.
And that's not a bad! Many are technical founders. Software developers, turned freelancers, turned entrepreneurs. Most of them are scratching the proverbial personal itch. This is why they identify with the product and they first talk about themselves. They want to get to talk about their problem and the solution to their problem is the product they're building.
I recently got the chance to present WeRemote in two ways, and I learned that it's very easy to talk about your product in a detached way, if you can attach a set of values to it.
They can be personal values, too.
First, I gave the founder origin story and then talked about the product.
It felt like I talked too much, And believe me, people usually tell me I talk too much and I don't even realize it. If I think I overdid it... it's probably worse than that!
So I tried a different approach, and used the set of values I identified for WeRemote very early on:
Equality of chances
Company? Reach a larger talent pool. Why not have access to the same developers Uber has? Professional? Why should the fact that you live in rural Romania limit your options? Why force you to come to Bucharest and crowd and pollute the city? Why should we both end up unhappy? I really want to talk about this more, in the future.
The real deal, not the keyword 😅. Talk to me about the company and the job, show me the money.
I want to learn about this remote work thing. I'm planning on allowing some of my employees to work remotely and I'm not sure how to manage this.
What if they all slack off?
Or maybe I'm a professional who's looking to give a 1.5 hours/day commute for remote work. Where do I go? Who's hiring remotely? What do I need to be eligible?
The second time was a breeze! There was a different kind of nodding from the other participants.
*You can tell when someone's nodding just because they want you to get it over with, or when they're nodding in approval, or when they actually get what you are saying. * So I set out to talk about WeRemote.eu only in terms of the three core pillars above. No fluff, no describing what a jobs platform does — almost everybody knows that.
Staying true to the transparency principle, I'm now sharing these thoughts with you.
I hope they'll be helpful.