As part of the documentary series "Startup of the Year" by the Wall Street Journal, each company was assigned a set of challenges/tasks to complete for each episode. One of our tasks was to consider another name, logo and tagline for WeDidIt. This was a pretty unusual request since we loooove the name "WeDidIt". Nonetheless, we were up for the challenge and were excited to get input from some of the newer members of the team on decisions the founders made well over a year ago.
The summer of 2013 gave the team another energy boost when we got news that WeDidit was nominated for Startup of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. The nomination came along side 23 other startups and included participation in WSJ's documentary series, as it tracked our progress and proclaimed 1 of the 24 as Wall Street Journal's Startup of the Year. Of course, we were stoked and looking forward to gaining valuable mentorship and connections from a fleet of successful entrepreneurs and investors assembled by WSJ.
Having fun as a team. This goal is much easier said than done. Nonetheless, building a strong company culture can pay major dividends as you grow from a group of entrepreneurs, to a startup team to a full-blown company over the course of a few years. At WeDidIt, we support and celebrate the interests of our team members as part of our company culture. Fortunately, sports, music, film, hacking and creative arts are easy themes to get behind. Here's a look at some of the characters that made up the WeDidIt team (circa summer 2012).
You often hear stories of humble beginnings and garage-style operations, describing where our generation's most disruptive startups began. WeDidIt's storyline includes similar events, including cofounders Ben Lamson and Su Sanni working from their apartment in Brooklyn, NY to get the company off the ground. With the help of tech whiz and CTO Bryan Liff, it wasn't too long before Nick Maroun and Mark Shreve joined the 3 cofounders to round out the WeDidIt team.
During the summer, we wrote about our plans for strengthening the relationship between Volunteers, looking to make an impact, and Nonprofits, out to change the world. After talking to/working with hundreds of organizations, we realize how difficult it can be to source talent at any organization, let alone find young folks interested in volunteering or interning. So to bridge the gap, we're taking things a step a further - and really breaking the status quo.
In today’s digital age, the process of fundraising continues to go through a myriad of changes. Most recently, we’ve seen the implementation of the JOBS ACT completely transform how entrepreneurs and investors build companies. Crowdfunding has even opened a new window for charities and individuals to quickly raise money for what they’re passionate about.