Open kimono startup

Charlie and his partner Alex are taking a very open the kimono approach to their startup, Path 101.

I’ve always believed that if you have an idea, there is bound to be someone else who’s also had a similar idea. So execution is nine tenths of the battle1. Given that, their approach makes a lot of sense. In addition to sharing what they learn (thereby helping other entrepreneurs), they also open themselves to feedback from many more people.

One of their more recent posts was on how they’d like to work with LinkedIn. I loved this post for a number of reasons. Ever since Charlie has come up with the idea for Path 101, he’s always expressed that he wants to leverage great products that are already out there and get his users onto other platforms as well. I agree completely. Many of the ideas he suggests will result in expanding the value of Path 101 while at the same time expanding the market and network of LinkedIn to a market it does not currently capture – college students and recent college grads. Read the post – some interesting ideas.

If you want to follow a startup from inception including details like their weekly meeting schedules, head on over to their blog.

Disclosure: I’m involved with Path 101 in advisory and other capacities.


  1. another reason why entrepreneurs should not bother with NDAs 

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  • Thanks Shri – great recommendation and cool blog. Not only is it a good read, i think it is a perfect fit for their overall product/vision. Path101 is now on my reader!

  • Shripriya

    You’re welcome, John. Hope things are going well. Can’t wait to see your FB app!