Embracing Mastery: A Year of Learning and Looking Ahead

An open dictionary with the word learning in focus

Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared a blog post reflecting on a year of striving for mastery in various aspects of running a startup. As we turn the page into a new year, I find myself looking ahead, ready to embrace the multitude of roles and challenges that lie in wait. This past […]

Embracing Shu Ha Ri in Product Development

Brightly colored hand made shoes

Reflecting on my journey of growth and learning in the startup world, I’m reminded of the powerful framework, that is also one of our core principles at Rutabaga, of Shu Ha Ri. First, let’s have ChatGPT define Shu Ha Ri for us:  Shu Ha Ri (often written as “Shuhari”) is a concept in martial arts […]

Day in the Life of a Founder: A Journey of Mastery and Gratitude

Dwayne King

It’s a funny title right? Every day is so radically different from the last at an early-stage startup, it’d be impossible to pin down what you do. If someone asked me, ‘What did you do today?,’ I’d have to go look at my calendar, emails, and Slack messages to reconstruct my day. A friend said […]

My Story (In Celebration of International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day)

Allison McKeever

On the 9th anniversary of International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, I want to share my “why” for co-founding Rutabaga, a transition in my career that marks my entry into entrepreneurship. In short, I was tired. I’ve been consulting or working for organizations from Fortune 500s to small and medium sized enterprises, to start-ups for over a […]