April 13, 2021
Anyone who is just ‘coasting along’ is probably going downhill. ~ Anonymous
Just think if you could start life over, a clean slate, while retaining all your years of experience and knowledge. And if you believe, as I do, that obstacles are the building blocks of learning, wow, we would all be masterminds. A similar comparison can be applied to a fresh start-up company, but only if it has an experienced, knowledgeable team championing its success rather than the typical inexperienced start-ups usually struggling with inefficiencies and shaky operational structures.
Alarming research by the SBA (Small Business Association) states that the rate of failure over 10 years for startups is 90% which drives home the importance of a wicked-smart executive team and accompanying players. The SBA’s research of business owners blames failure on six challenges: not enough money, being in the wrong market, lack of research, bad partnerships, ineffective marketing, and not being an expert in the industry. Many studies of startups say that having a skilled mentor(s) on the team is key to executing on the right ideas and achieving profits.
If you are fortunate enough to be in an imaginative start-up like RIBBIT making real-time decisions in an agile environment, it gives a company a leg up on competitors, rather than an established business stuck in its ways. And if the start-up is skilled enough to have negligible competitors like RIBBIT, applying a laser focus on continuing product enhancements and upgrades can retain the advantage for many years. To be unencumbered in the post-COVID business environment without established practices or processes liberates the mind of a company in unimaginable ways. As mentioned in a past blog, it is a time for businesses to embrace divergent thinking, to reinvent themselves, and to step into the future like never before.
RIBBIT, the bold and darling startup brainchild of a 23-year payments company, Cash Flow Solutions, is challenging the methodology behind today’s financial decisions impacting consumer affordability. RIBBIT’s data scientists use predictive analytics along with relevant bank data creating a more meaningful and sharper insight into a consumer’s affordability profile. The risk formula, analyzing thousands of consumer spending attributes, is a win-win for both businesses and their customers opening the doors to more funds being distributed to reliable consumers who can afford them.
RIBBIT appreciates that having a brilliant product in a start-up is the first step for longevity. But supporting it with a championship team is what paves the road to success. The experienced mentor/coach in a start-up recognizes the significance of chemistry in a winning company culture: skilled, fearless, supportive, communicative, spirited, steadfast, motivated, confident, and enjoyable employees. Team chemistry contributes to growth and stability and wins championships!
When asked about the advantages of a start-up, Shawn Princell, CEO/President of RIBBIT, remarked that start-ups focus on solving specific problems or needs that are unmet in an industry while larger companies are often burdened with legacy business models that may not encourage innovation.
Stay tuned . . .
Whoever acquires knowledge and does not practice it remembers him who plows his land and leaves it unknown ~ Sa’di Gulistan
What could possibly entice Rick Fiorito, a just-retired, financially secure, new Floridian, and renowned payments-guru to even consider leaving the beach for an opportunity to disrupt the financial services landscape? Rick, at least, let the dust settle from your recent industry-wide retirement announcement from Mastercard. “Joining RIBBIT.ai as their COO is an opportunity I simply couldn’t miss,” Rick knowingly smiles.
Don’t just count your years, make your years count~ George Meredith
Well, well, ACH, what an accomplished, agile 5-year-old you have grown into along with the support of your NACHA parents, encouraging your growth and enhancing your skills every year. Since September 23, 2016, you have matured, up from “13 million payments the first year to over 141 million payments in just the first quarter of 2021, valued at $187.6 billion, increases of 88% and !33% respectively from a year earlier,” according to Payments Post. Motivating Americans to use Same Day ACH has created an addiction for speedy payments which may push payments over 600 million this year.
The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small ~ Bynner
Identity theft is running rampant; my husband was recently a victim when someone tried to take out a loan in his name. Thankfully, the lender turned the thief down and sent my husband a letter explaining the refusal. Good luck with that scam. It felt offensive on two levels: one with the sleazy thief, another with the clueless lender since my husband died five years ago.