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
"Asking for help at work is absolutely essential to a productive, successful, and fulfilling life. Givitas makes asking for help easy.
"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."
"In a world where poor knowledge-sharing costs Fortune 500 companies $31.5 billion annually, Givitas’ potential positive impact on employers is clear."
“[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.”
"The simplicity of sharing, helping, and learning in a fairly closed group is liberating and profound."
"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."
“I regularly received offers for all of my requests; the notifications and daily digest were also really helpful.”
I have learned SO MUCH from this group. I really want to share and help others because I have gained so much. [In other networks] answers are often brief and (sometimes) snarky. With Givitas, people seem more accountable and I have followed up with individuals after a request to obtain additional information."
"The time I saved was in not having to come up with ideas that I may not necessarily have come up with anyway.”
The idea of a platform just for exchanging help is simple but brilliant."
"[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."
“Givitas can make asking for and getting help from other employees simple – which can make your business a lot more efficient and effective.”
“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.”
"Givitas is an easy-to-use tool with an unbeatable ROI. Every company that is serious about positive engagement and facilitating insights across the organization should be using Givitas."
"Givitas has been a wonderful way for our entrepreneurs and founders to have access to a wide range of contacts, expertise, resources, and advice. It has enriched our community and our individual and collective success."
"The information I got in one request saved me at least a week and $1500, maybe more. The successful referral also advanced our startup process, gaining me credibility with my board. Worth a lot as a new founder!"
"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."
"The hallmark of any great work culture is that people care as much about each other’s success as their own. Many organizations never reach that level of 'productive generosity’, and it’s not because people aren’t willing to give. It’s because they’re afraid to ask for help. Givitas reduces the stigma of asking for help and enables people to give in five minutes a day.“
"I felt very confident in using Givitas as a forum for my question. Spending 5 minutes in the platform saved me easily two hours and more than $700."
“Givitas created a better sense of our community. ”