Getting to know fellow Chooks, their interests and ambitions in scaling up from our State. The conversation included people across the spectrum - from early stage startup, to those in accelerator programs, others in growth and expansion stages with established businesses. The common threads were: thinking bigger, seeing the options interstate and overseas, and making a commitment to make it easier for more people to scale nationally and internationally.
Within the group, there were immediate and longer term connections, potential partnerships, introductions and a depth of knowledge about products, specific categories and countries.
The point was made that examples and founder stories of scaling up are not publicly talked about. Getting into the detail of, ‘how did you actually do that?’ is perhaps skimmed over or discussed at a surface level. There is often that question asked about lessons learned after the fact, when what is needed is more of a step by step take us through your approach.
Belief in an idea, investing in an idea, and taking the step to go with a new product/service, focusing on those with an appetite for change an innovation, means that you can gain customers and market share even against much larger traditional companies.
What is important to know where people need your ‘things’ or ‘solutions’, which markets, countries and regions. This led to thinking about opportunities and solutions with ideas and recommendations for further validation including:
What's next? Perhaps there is a way to identify which Chooks are in what networks, those hosting delegations, going on outbound missions, in startup, scale-up and accelerator programs who are/have scaled, and who have in depth knowledge of specific overseas markets or relationships to make it easier for others to scale.
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