Monday, 06 February 2017 05:32

ACLU As a Startup?

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After an amazing weekend of fundraising, civil rights organization the American Civil Liberties Union enrolled in a Silicon Valley tech startup accelerator Y Combinator. The premier defender of the US Constitution started in November 1919. It hardly qualifies as a startup. With only 200 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys and more than 750,000 members, the ACLU definitely functions as a non-profit. The Trump administration's immigration ban hit tech companies by surprise. Key staff members of west coast tech giants were caught outside the US as the ban went into effect. Their fundraising exploded. The ACLU received 24M in just over 48 hours. Trump's actions have spurred action by progressives, but that's not what caught my eye. Why did an established, century-old non-profit make the leap to join a high-tech startup incubator?

Why did an established, century-old non-profit make the leap to join a high-tech startup incubator? TechCrunch wrote about Y Combinator's interest in Democracy tech. The partnership came about after YC partner Kat Manalac reached out to ACLU executive director Anthony Romero for feedback. 

Deja Vue Startup

For leaders of established firms, I believe the answer to survival and growth is not in acquiring more tech, it's in acting more like a startup. It's a question of mindset. Are you an analog company attempting to go digital? Take moment today to consider what your organization would look like if your reset to zero.

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