I'm the Co-founder and CEO of The Grommet. We launch undiscovered consumer products. It's also the birthplace of Citizen Commerce. I write about design, cultural anthropology, and start-ups, mostly.

I’m thankful for our investors (and an above-and-beyond story)

Startup CEO’s can spend a lot of time privately sharing investor horror stories.  But we also trade the good guy tales too.

In that vein, I was recently swapping “great backer” stories with another entrepreneur.  He’d been delighted when one of his investors flew him in a private plane to the Nantucket Conference.  Anything that can reduce road warrior wear and tear is better than chocolates or champagne.  (I’d had a similar investor “gift” of a jet taxi ride, and also loved it.)

One of our investors actually topped my private plane ride experience two days ago when he personally gave me a few more productive hours at my desk.  How? I was whining to him about my long to-do list for the short Thanksgiving week.  He pushed me to think about what I could “outsource.”   And then he became investor-of-the-year by actually offering to make the five pie crusts I had to get done!  He did it.  The pies came out great.  And I got a lot more work done that day.

So, from plane rides to pie crusts, there is no end to what a committed investor can contribute to a start-up.

I’d love to hear what other great investors have done for their portfolio companies.

4 Responses to “I’m thankful for our investors (and an above-and-beyond story)”

  1. clayko

    I blog about startups and this is the first time I’ve read a blog by a CEO of one(maybe because am still a new blogger). Investor horror stories sound terrible and interesting all at once. Did you find it challenging to start Daily Grommet?

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    • julespieri

      Oh where to begin….it is very challenging still! I’ve shared some of the hard stuff along the way in this blog. Just what I can bear. 🙂 But I’ve done other hard things: send myself to boarding school as a young teenager, move my family to Ireland with no job or connections, work in Paris right out of college, raise three sons. I just remember all that stuff and it helps put “hard” in context.

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      • clayko

        Most obvious thing is that you’re one tough lady. All those things really put ‘hard’ in context. Every startup is a challenge no matter where you are but its the same as raising a kid. I’d complain that coming from Kenya, there isn’t enough talent to go round and VCs are almost impossible to find(if they even exist) but to be successful I guess you just have to be focused on doing your thing.
        Question I’d like to ask is what’s the next level for daily grommet?

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    […] I'm thankful for our investors (and an above-and-beyond story … (I'd had a similar investor “gift” of a jet taxi ride, and also loved it.) One of our investors actually topped my private plane ride experience two days ago when he personally gave me a few more productive hours at my desk. How . […]

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