Some student startups immensely benefit from having a personal coach and the accountability that comes along with it. I work with select student entrepreneurs to create OKRs that matter to their venture and help connect them to the necessary resources in order to accomplish them.
Large programs such as accelerators or workshops can be helpful for certain startups to gain skills, but sometimes a more personal touch is needed in order to help them make the type of progress that's truly transformative.
To accomplish this, I've become a believer in OKRs - Objectives & Key Results - as a way to plan, track, and ultimately measure that progress.
OKRs were created by Andy Grove at Intel and popularized through John Doerr's how-to guide titled Measure What Matters. Companies of all sizes, such as a scrappy young startup named Google in the early 2000s to fellow current behemoths such as Amazon, Spotify, and Uber have incorporated OKRs in order to flourish.
First I will meet with the student founder to understand where they are right now and what they hope to accomplish in the next 3 months. Together, we will work to break those goals into Objectives and the Key Results that will indicate that those objectives are successful.
After creating these OKRs, I will schedule weekly check-ins with the student founder to understand the state of their objectives and see what other resources they might need in order to meet them.
I will work with a select number of startups to incorporate OKR principles that are relevant to their organization and then equip them with the resources to accomplish those objectives.