Below are the values that all Unreasonable companies live by…
Think of this as an Unreasonable Manifesto of sorts.
We Chose to Solve The Problems That Matter Most
At Unreasonable, we choose to focus our time, energy, and capital on putting a dent on the seemingly intractable social and environmental challenges of our time. The desire to create significant impact is baked into our DNA and that of all Unreasonable companies.
20% Impossible > 100% Possible
Unreasonable Group is founded by entrepreneurs and is dedicated to entrepreneurs. This means we believe in experimenting boldly and we do so with the foresight that we will often times fail. Our friends at Google say they’d rather achieve 60% of the impossible than 100% of the possible… If the experiment is noteworthy, we’d prefer to achieve 20% of the impossible than 100% of the possible.
Hide nothing from the customer. This includes both what we know (business models, financials, the set-backs of our company), and equally as important, what we don’t know. Companies notoriously pretend they have all the answers… at Unreasonable, we value vulnerability over perceived confidence. We see strength in vulnerability.
The Art of Gyshido
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Magic is in the Details
Design matters, the details matter, personality matters, and intentionality is critical. We are tired of hearing that the devil is in the details; instead, we believe the magic is in the details. When paid attention to, and when we care about the pixel as much as we do the page, we have a belief that our customers will appreciate us more over time.
We > i
We believe in pathological collaboration. We strive to turn competitors into partners and stand on a belief that the world’s greatest challenges will never be solved by one person, one team, or one company. We must work together to move far and to move fast.*
Empathy Builds Empires
We have a deep desire to listen and believe that the best go-to-market strategy is to simply go to market (i.e. be with your customers). We believe in listening and learning from our customers and we strive to work with founding teams who are their own customers.
Break Glass Ceilings
Unreasonable companies have an unchecked aspiration to have a positive dent on history. They set out to disrupt our current conceptions of what is possible and strive to shift the status quo.
Always Ask “WWMD?”
Ask yourself “What Would MacGyver Do?” MacGyver would leverage creativity and the resources at-hand instead of looking elsewhere for the answers. Instead of raising venture capital too soon or giving up on a difficult problem because the solution isn’t easily identified, we believe in the importance of maximizing partnerships, realizing the potential of your current team, running a lean operation, and in short, doing as MacGyver would do.
Long Term > Short Term
Unreasonable companies are not guided by short term decision making. We are guided by a desire to create long term value. We think in terms of generations, not quarterly reports.
Treat Others Like the Messiah
At Unreasonable we desperately believe that business isn’t business, business is people. We believe in accelerating serendipity by treating all those we come across as if they were the Messiah. We believe that the grandest resource of our time is the dormant creative potential within all of us… We choose to see this in the people we work with and in the people we meet in our everyday lives.
Adapt > Plan
The rapidly changing world we live in requires an uncanny ability to adapt and to have the creative courage to move forward without the certainty and comfort of a step-by-step plan. If you plan too much, you will be irrelevant.
The quality of people across the table is paramount to any partnership, investment, or deal, and there are no exceptions on this rule. We only do business with people we love: individuals we admire both personally and professionally.*
Never forget to dance and to celebrate the small wins. When we are working this hard, it’s too easy to forget to have fun, cut loose, and celebrate the small wins. Don’t wait for IPO to pop the champagne. Be playful, understand we are all human, and have a sense of humor with what you do.