I think that developing a “give-back-first” service-oriented mentality is a prerequisite for achieving success with any endeavour. When it come specifically to software startups, my belief is that we should adopt the following 3 principles, and put them into practice from day 1:
- Contribute back to the open source community via GitHub
- Become part of the Microsoft TEALS Program, and have programmers spent several hours a week teaching CS in the public schools
- Develop a Corporate Giving Strategy right from the beginning, outlining your corporate charitable giving strategy
Additional information on these principles is provided in the Gonzo Startup sections of this site.
Corporate Giving Strategy
As time goes, I will evolve my vision for how I can best give back to the world. For the time being, I commit to: