Connect with Leaders at Other Michigan Startups
Join a free network for Michigan startup leaders.
Connect with peers and other leaders on the topics that matter to you most.
Ask questions, get advice, help others. Then pay it forward to someone else…
Givitas is Kinder, Gentler Social Networking
It’s a challenging time for startups around the world, and more than ever we need to be able to tap into the collective wisdom of our networks.
That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce a new community where Michigan startup leaders can exchange help, advice, connections, resources, and ideas.
It’s called Givitas, and it’s made by Give and Take, Inc, which is itself a startup based in Ann Arbor.
Members use the community to exchange information on topics like:
- Recruiting and hiring
- Marketing and branding
- Any other help, advice, knowledge, or connections
It’s completely free to join and should take less than 5 minutes a week to participate. Please feel free to share this group with others in the Michigan startup community who might benefit from being part of this network.
Thanks to Charlie Moret from Invest Michigan for suggesting this community.
How Givitas Works
“No question is a bad question.”
- Log in to Givitas and ask for help, provide help, search a repository of institutional knowledge, collaborate, and connect in less than 5 minutes a day
- Asking for help is incredibly easy, reducing stigmas and barriers, and you don’t have to know who to ask
- Providing help is quick and efficient, with robust notifications and engagement tools to notify you when someone needs help
- Givitas provides guidance on making requests and responses, with educational prompts that assist you in crafting a productive request
- Givitas creates and records organizational memory developing a valuable asset for future searches
Givitas is Easy to Use on Web or Mobile
"A few minutes in Givitas saved me 5-10 hours of research, and it was awesome connecting with new people who have shared interests."
"Engagement comes from being in an environment where you build relationships with the company and the team, where you feel trusted, where you're getting the support you need."
"It created a better sense of our community. It proactively positioned people to ask for - and offer - assistance to the group."
"Givitas has been quite valuable, making it easy for me to both give and receive. In once instance, 19 generous givers offered me 39 useful ideas in just 13 days - far exceeding the quality and response rate using traditional collaboration tools."
"The simplicity of sharing, helping, and learning in a fairly closed group is liberating and profound."
“Givitas created a better sense of our community. ”
"Givitas gives me an opportunity to have some unusual requests granted that I wouldn't elsewhere. It feels productive and satisfying. I feel smarter and more resourceful."
“Collaboration is the key, and Givitas makes it easy. It allowed me to reach out and connect with colleagues around the world.”
"One of the more powerful ways to learn and grow into your career is to feel comfortable asking for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or of lack of work ethic, it's a sign of strength and confidence."
"[Givitas] is a tool that helps build bridges across an organization and makes it easier for both newcomers and senior leaders to ask for--and offer--help."
The idea of a platform just for exchanging help is simple but brilliant."
“In a world where poor knowledge-sharing costs Fortune 500 companies $31.5 billion annually, Givitas’ potential positive impact on employers is clear.”
"We use Givitas with our students as a follow-up to the Reciprocity Ring. We have seen students access valuable resources through the platform, build community, and in the process learn about the power of giving for networking.”
“I like that people in our [Givitas] community come from different diverse fields and backgrounds. I use Givitas when a challenge is new to me, and there's a feeling of satisfaction whenever I provide real help to someone else.”
"I made a nice connection with a like-minded individual!"
"Asking for help at work is absolutely essential to a productive, successful, and fulfilling life. Givitas makes asking for help easy.
“I regularly received offers for all of my requests; the notifications and daily digest were also really helpful.”
“Givitas helps build bridges across an organization and makes it easier for both newcomers and senior leaders to ask for and offer help!”
"Givitas can make asking for and getting help from other employees simple -- which can make your business a lot more efficient and effective."
“[Givitas] has been very helpful and I can really say we have a gold mine of ideas; what's better is everyone is really willing to help each other.”