It is well known that the technology and media world is undergoing significant structural changes.
This has brought enormous opportunity for Christian startup companies to exploit new technologies and transform how the gospel is spread around the world.
It’s hard to believe for the past 18 months I’ve been involved with a company doing pioneer work on a Software as a Service (SaaS) streaming video newtork for churches, broadcasters and content creators.
Like many technology startups, we are a small team of developers, designers and marketers working together to execute the vision.
We are still in the startup phase, but only a little while longer. I can’t wait to talk about the awesome things we are working on. For the past year we have been storyboarding and planning, validating, talking with people, recruiting partners, and customizing features.
We are seeing God turn the dream into reality. Looking back, it is amazing how far we have come. And yet, the real adventure hasn’t even started yet.
A friend recently asked me some questions about our startup experience. I’m still learning every day, but here is a list of ten short insights and lessons I’ve learned on the job so far.
Ten insights from working for a startup
1. When Christ calls, be ready to get out of the boat. Keep your eyes on Jesus in every aspect of the venture. Matthew 14:28-31
2. Be willing to learn new things. Old dogs can learn new tricks, and it’s fun.
3. Just start. Start small and humbly. Let God unfold his timing for fulfilling the Big Dream.
4. Talk to people: customers, users, creators. Show them a model of your platform. See what they like and what they don’t. Be willing to make adjustments. Besides, the tweaking never ends.
5. Embrace the inevitable delays. Delays come with innovation and building new things. Be patient. Waiting is sometimes God’s way of leading you into something better.
6. Avoid the “paralysis of analysis.” This is the condition of spending so much time thinking about a problem that you lose the ability to act.
7. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you try to hard to avoid failure, you’ll avoid success. Have confidence in your God-given abilities. Effective problem solving comes from experience. New ideas often seem crazy at first, failure is a learning experience, and with God all things are possible.
They were unlearned and ordinary men, and they recognized they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
8. Be open, collaborative, and helpful. A digital age startup is the perfect platform for collaborating with others, creating community and combining different competencies around a common gospel-focused strategy.
9. Don’t try to be the next Facebook. Be known as a company that does one thing exceptionally well.
10. Tell your story effectively. Have a compelling story of how technology is changing the world and changing lives and that God still condescends to use a bunch of unlearned ordinary folks to carry on the Great Mission.
One of the best things about working for a startup is never hearing “that’s not how we do things around here.” Someone has said startups are the next move of God. So, what are you waiting for?
Stay tuned here for updates on our startup project as the team heads for rollout.