We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeffrey Monson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeffrey, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Labr helps the community/world by matching talent faster, ensuring better fit between people and teams in the workplace, and improving transparency. Communicating through the network of people who have substantively worked together before ensures that everyone knows what they’re getting into before forming new work relationships.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The need for professional community is more important than ever. The community of people who have meaningfully worked together before exists, there just isn’t any tooling for it. I’m excited to build this. To get to where things are today, I relied on my own network for information and to stress-test my thinking; I read a lot–books are a great way to stand on the shoulders of giants; and actually building–gaining intuition for the product by playing with prototypes and sending to others.
Regarding challenges: human beings like the status quo, so any entrepreneur will face resistance (idea, execution, etc.). It’s important to have enough conviction in your own judgment and intuition to keep moving forward.
Lessons I’ve learned along the way include listening and comfort with uncertainty. Are the people you meet honest? What’s their track record–from what they share with you and what they don’t? Often, people aren’t aware of what they’re really revealing to you, both in their actions and words. The uncomfortable truth regarding certainty is that there’s no way to predict the future–every founder should be open to possibilities that weren’t known ex-ante.
I want the world to know that I’m deeply optimistic that people who have worked together can help each other. The value prop is simple: work with people you like. Avoid annoying cold outreach. Know what you’re getting into before you commit to a job or team. Go through warm connections.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend were visiting, we’d check out the Botanical Gardens at Huntington Library and stop by the Launch House mansion for the hot tub and views of the city on the way back. Another day would involve breakfast sandwiches from my local coffee shop, Lodge Bread, and an afternoon at Zuma beach in Malibu. As a former skateboarder, the Venice skatepark is obviously a landmark.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate to my family for instilling values of education and work ethic. I also want to thank my good friends Lucas Bohidar and Tapo Bandyopadhyay for the many long Zooms of brainstorming and reviewing product prototypes.