This month marks RTBiQ’s 5-year anniversary! In honor of this significant occasion, we asked our co-founder and CTO, Natha Hayre, to reflect on five lessons he has learned since starting RTBiQ. Here’s what he had to say:
1. Have an open mind.
Make no assumptions about what your company is going to do, how it’s going to grow, the kind of people that you’re going to work with, or how long it’s going to take to reach a milestone — something big could happen tomorrow, or next year.
2. Take responsibility and contribute to the conversation, even if you are not explicitly in a leadership position.
Sometimes people will have good ideas and they may not express them because they don’t think it’s their role. But, it’s to the benefit of the company if people speak up. This is valuable not only in a bigger company, but especially — almost necessarily — in a small-scale setting in order to have a cohesive team. Some people might have more experience, but anyone can have an idea or an opinion.
3. Don’t strive for perfection on your first try.
Avoiding optimization early on is valuable on all levels (not just writing software). Initially build towards function, rather than perfection. Overthinking can really block early progress. A working solution often serves as the basis for improvement or a novel way to solve a problem.
4. Make budgeting your resources a priority.
Having spent a lot of time with limited resources, not only in terms of money but also people’s time and intellectual effort, it’s been important for us to have a debt-averse approach, and to manage our person-hours effectively. We have been well served by a sense of urgency and balance in terms of how we consider spending our time and money.
5. Have an optimistic, pragmatic, and people-oriented approach to business.
Having a balance of these three qualities is super valuable. I’m very fortunate to work with a business partner like Richard who has them in great measure. But beyond being hopeful yet realistic, it has been most important to care for the individuals we work with by keeping in touch on a personal level and giving people the time and space they need when they need it so that they can enjoy their work more, and their lives overall. Having that balance is a big lesson that comes from the interpersonal part of doing business, and I believe we try to live those qualities ourselves and choose to work with people who share them.
With all of these lessons in mind, it’s no surprise that Natha resonates with all of our company values. However, he says the one that speaks to him the most is probably Power in People, “because people — whether our colleagues or our customers — are the reason we are able to find the passion to build useful tools.”
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