Building a company is a multivariate experiment. As an organization, you experiment with product, tech, process, go-to-market strategy - pretty much every part of the company. In fact, being in a mindset where failed experiments are viewed as successful learning and operating with low ego is key to being a great team.
Recent events, including the continuing, unnecessary deaths of black civilians, especially at the hands of people who swore an oath to serve and protect - made it clear that what we’ve done until this moment has not worked. It’s time for a new experiment.
Our team unanimously decided in favor of action over silence. So when I say “we”, I speak for every single person on our team today. If you go to Drafted today you'll see a homepage takeover with one message.
We had a team conversation about how best to make it clear where we stand, and how to do so with humility. We decided that showing our support with the simple but powerful statement - Black Lives Matter, was a good place to start. In addition to that, we wanted to find a way to help amplify the message further, in our small way, with what we have to contribute, which is building software.
That's why we made blacklivesmatter.tech. Now it's insanely simple for anyone to show their support and make the statement on their website with a simple copy-paste.
You can find the open source code here on GitHub, and we welcome anyone who wants to contribute.
At Drafted, we believe in focus around our mission - to help people get referrals to companies. As an early stage startup, we don’t have the same resources as larger companies–but we believe that this should not prevent us from taking action. To balance our need to focus on our journey with our desire to take action, we try to find ways to contribute that lie at the intersection of three things - our core mission, our strengths, and causes that we unanimously believe in supporting.
Today we are committing to three projects at Drafted that lie at this intersection.
We welcome any feedback or suggestions for what else we can do, both from the Boston community and beyond.