A recent report finds that more than 200 million women across the world are starting and running new businesses. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), although men are still 50% more likely to become entrepreneurs, women are steadily gaining ground. The gender gap narrowed by 6% from 2012 to 2014, and in ten nations women are now just as likely as men to start new businesses.
Given how medieval startups can be, it’s easy to identify common traits of many startups in the Houses that the lords and ladies of Westeros in Game of Thrones run. Each of these houses needs to leverage the talents on their team and the limited resources they have in order to secure the Iron Throne, taking massive, life-threatening risks in the process.
Here’s what types of startups we think the houses and characters of Game of Thrones represent:
From the nearly endless consumption of snacks, to the nerf darts that litter the floor and “pods” that are available for napping -- the hallmarks of offices built by top startup executives are deliberately engineered to encourage “play,” not work. You see this lampooned in HBO’s Silicon Valley, but for the past few years, entrepreneurship has been imbued with a certain sense of infantilism.
Here's the problem with building something that you predictively think will work: there's a big chance it could fail or come crashing down.
Your software should do one or two things, and do them really well. Feature creep, over-engineering and over-optimizing for anything will take your product into a dark abyss from which there's no return. The main aim for any founder or engineering team should be to build an MVP first, then have the confidence to sell the product yourself.