The Legacy Movement Means Entrepreneurs Don't Have To Go It Alone

Even from the 35th floor of my building, Mexico City looks massive--especially the rapidly growing part of the city called Santa Fe, where global corporations keep building new headquarters. Cranes swing overhead. Traffic snakes below.

The manager at a global consumer products company, where I am conducting a workshop, shared with me during a break today that, in addition to his day job, he has launched an entrepreneurial venture. These glass towers must be filled with people like him: managers, entrepreneurs, or both, fighting to build something, to shape the world. What if we all get together to help each other?

Luckily in the U.S. a new platform is soon launching that will help us help each other out. The Legacy Movement, founded by Aaron Gray, brings together:

  • Entrepreneurs who “learn from other serial entrepreneurs in our ecosystem, search for co-founders, pitch to investors, find advisors, and offer guidance to others at a similar stage in their company’s life cycle.”
  • Small businesses that can log on to find help growing or selling their businesses.
  • Experienced professionals who are currently working a job but want to find a business to buy and connect with a network of M&A advisors and attorneys to help them get a deal done.
  • Financial capital providers like angel investors, VCs, and bank lenders looking to increase their deal flow.
I met Aaron in Atlanta a few months ago. He is a Harvard MBA and former Goldman Sachs banker who spent time in strategy roles at Home Depot and Global Payments. But, like many Legacy Movement members, he had a bigger passion to fulfill so he decided to take the plunge and dedicate himself to “changing the conversation about success and entrepreneurship in under-served communities,” he said. This led to Legacy Movement.

I am sure you can do it on your own. The old paradigm for leadership was “I have a dream so that you [workers] know what to do.” The new paradigm is that of the collective dream that we pursue together. Great leaders don’t direct; they create the organizations, rules, and cultures through which the dream gets realized.

Had that manager today not found a couple other managers with the similar dream of owning a business, he might still be a frustrated entrepreneur, saying “one day.” Instead, he found collaborators and gets to climb two ladders--one corporate and one for himself--simultaneously.

What Aaron’s realized vision inspires in me is the idea that with the right collaborators there is no limit to how many dreams you can pursue.

As a bonus, here is Aaron’s suggest reading for entrepreneurs:

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win by Steven Blank

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law by Constance E. Bagley and Craig E. Dauchy

Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson

Speaking PowerPoint by Bruce Gabrielle

[Image: Flickr user Rampant Gian]

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