Why kindness and generosity in business is not a weakness

Great blog post on community by Robyn Vinter, founder of Leeds-based The Overtake:

The community is also much smaller than it seems at first — you run into a lot of the same people over and over and it’s not long before you realise most people you come across are a friend or a friend-of-a-friend. Almost all the conversations you end up having at startup events are problem solving, which means people who are cagey, secretive or not willing to share problems and solutions don’t get very far.

Success comes from different places and, in the real world outside of startup books written by wealthy VCs, we’ve learned that making friends and connecting with people is as important as testing and iterating. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with being owed a favour by the next Zuckerberg.

I resonate with the above. Joining any community can be a daunting experience, but you soon get to know people. The startup community isn’t a zero-sum game – it’s about helping each other out. And, though being kind is obviously great, the connections, knowledge and resources we share gives us all a better chance of achieving success.