Startworks is a technology incubator that develops startups to thrive in an interdependent global economy. Our approach to building companies is based on sustainable business practices that produce better leaders, better companies and better returns on investment than traditional approaches. The economic data indicates that businesses built using such practices out-perform their peers. See Firms of Endearment by Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. Wolfe and Jagdish N. Sheth, Profit for Life by Joseph H. Bragdon and The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance by Robert G. Eccles, Ionnis Ioannou and George Serafeim (Harvard Business School Working Paper November 4, 2011).
Startworks’ first project was Great from the Start, which resulted from a prototype university program for entrepreneurs held in 2008. Great from the Start shows how to build a successful venture capital financed company. In addition, the book also suggests how to build socially responsible companies that not only optimize profits but also provide a material positive impact on society and the environment. Finally, Great from the Start suggests how to design companies using neuroscience and other disciplines that are optimized for how human beings work best.
In 2010, Startworks began to co-found and incubate companies using the approach outlined in Great from the Start combined with executive development based on the Hall-Tonna values-based leadership system. Our first project is Chrysallis, a human development company that aims to change the human development paradigm and support healthy, full productive lives for billions of people.