When Joe Sorge started Kitchen Table Companies (affiliate link) with Chris Brogan, he asked for my help filling the forums with useful and interesting content. I said yes because Joe is a friend; but that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I learned the value of being a first mover in a successful venture.
Being a KTC first mover
There is more to being a first mover than being invited and showing up. Once Chris and Joe provided the opportunity to be a first mover in KTC, I did something with that. I posted and answered question in the forums like a madman. Now, several months after the startup, the forums have my signature all over them. KTC is not my project; but for years to come, people who visit those forums will know my name.
It’s kind of like saying Twitter is not Chris Brogan’s forum; but it’s been one mighty important tool in growing a network that enables him to do what he wants to do with his life. I don’t have to own KTC to benefit from it and neither do you. It’s far easier than that; simply show up and participate.
The early bird does get the worm
About a year before the KTC story, I experienced the same first mover success in Third Tribe Marketing (I’d provide an affiliate link but the community is currently closed to new members). I was in the process of reinventing ColorMetrix and jumped in the forums looking for advice and ideas to increase our online presence. At the time, I didn’t realize I was leaving my fingerprints all over the community.
I wasn’t the only one in KTC of Third Tribe looking for answers and offering advice where I could. Relationships developed and networks expanded. I began conversing with some of the most successful people in the online marketing industry. Some of the folks in Third Tribe have made literally millions of dollars online. In KTC, there are multi-million-dollar-a-year-plus business owners. There is strength in numbers. There is comfort in talking and sharing with those experiencing similar challenges and successes.
Give it a try
If you’re starting a business, growing a business or looking to reinvent your business, come join us at Kitchen Table Companies now, while the community is still relatively small. Be a first mover and enjoy the benefits of growing the size and quality of your network.