Last year I tried a little thought experiment in our partnership. I asked: What would a venture firm look like that removed all fear and greed from its internal discussions and external interactions with entrepreneurs? What if every challenge was construed as an opportunity? What if every time a company went through hard times or “failed”, we’d see it as an invaluable, even indispensable step to become a better organization, a better partner, a better person?
We aren’t all the way there. But the discussion was very useful. Not least to highlight the little insidious ways in which those two very human emotions intrude to take us away from our core purpose: to back authentic founders.
So today I invite you: what would your company or life look like if you removed all fear and greed?