Managing feedback is one of the hardest things about building a startup/side-project.
Part 1: Context (skip to part 2 to read about the actual feedback I’m getting)
As part of Orbital NYC, I have several assignments to complete, which are intended to give me the experience/ skills needed to launch my project. One of the assignments is to set up a cold-call meeting with someone I’d like to meet. The other is to leverage my network to meet someone.
See Orbital's public syllabus for all assignments.
In the process of scheduling meetings with strangers, I've had to juggle everyone's feedback, filter the ideas that are inconsistent with my vision, while simultaneously allowing my vision to be malleable based on the great points/ ideas thrown my way.
My cold calls were to the 5 art curators/advisors I emailed via LinkedIn about partnering with Kollecto as Art Advisors. To my excitement, 4 out of 5 people responded with interest. I had two in-person meetings, one phone call, and one video chat.
While the conversations allowed me to interview potential partners, I also got lots of feedback on my business model, intended customer experience, etc.
My second assignment also yielded lots of feedback. Gary Chou (founder of Orbital) introduced me to Elisa Durrette, an art collector, who helped me thing through Kollecto's value prop to collectors. It was a great chat & we were both disappointed when we had to end it after an hour.
Part 2: Sh*t, that’s a lot of feedback!
The good thing is that I've gotten feedback from the entire Kollecto ecosystem- galleries, collectors, & art advisors. The daunting thing is that I've gotten lots of (contradicting) feedback.
Here's some of the feedback I'm getting. I've had to parse through all this valuable feedback to make judgment calls for myself. I put an asterisk next to the directions I'm leaning in.
I'm not 100% sure I'm making the right decisions (I might regret many of them), but that's the fun part of the iterative process.
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Keep it coming—I'm listening!