We had the good fortune of connecting with Tex Dworkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tex, how do you think about risk?
I used to: 1. consider it risky taking action before I was certain I could do something or before I knew exactly how I was going to do them
2. associate failure with a risk that didn’t pay off
3. think about all of the money, time, and effort I’ve put into my business to assess whether it’s ‘worth the risk’ and all the sacrifices
Since co-founding my company Raddle, I’ve come to realize that to succeed in business at the scale I’m aiming for it’s imperative that I:
1. do things every day that I haven’t done before knowing that I have what it takes to figure out what I need to in order to achieve what I need to and that I have others to lean on as needed
2. disassociate failure with risk and instead associate failure with learning which leads to progress
3. embrace the fact that for me (and I believe for all of the small business owners I seek to serve) it is far riskier to not try
Before co-founding Raddle, I was bursting with experience and burning with desire to help small business owners succeed (which is what Raddle does through peer support). Once my co-founder and I partnered up and got to work I stepped out of my comfort zone and haven’t looked back since.
I really relate to Anais Nin’s famous line: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
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?
Raddle is a Techstars-backed brainstorming platform that connects business owners with 3-5 peers for live 20-minute, facilitated conversations over video.
Running a business can be very isolating..what we do is make sure that business owners have others to turn to for support. Instead of high-priced business coaches or time consuming courses, Raddle is bringing business advisory support TO business owners FROM other business owners because they know a LOT just by figuring things out on their own. So Raddle provides a way for small business owners to use that hard earned knowledge to help each other.
When a business owner is stuck on a business problem like how to increase online sales, they book a Raddle: a 20-minute video brainstorm with 3-5 peers who offer fresh ideas. And so that everyone stays on topic, a professional facilitator leads every Raddle. They’re trained to keep the conversation effective.
Business owners choose their topic and timeslot and if it’s recurring–they pick an interval (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) to help keep themselves accountable and their momentum ongoing.
Raddlers brainstorm about all sorts of topics including time management, instagram content, website copy, etc.
Raddle is always free to join, and members pay a monthly fee to book unlimited Raddles. We’re currently in beta and those interested in joining can sign up on our waitlist. We also partner with entrepreneur community leaders interested in offering a cool way for their members to engage with each other in what we call “Raddle Pods”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question! I like to support my hyper local businesses as much as possible because I have a lot of Bayview pride and the best way to support Bayview businesses is with my wallet! So my picks are heavy on the Bayview but include the wider city and an overnight trip to one of my fave spots on earth:
Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant for the red velvet waffles and fried chicken!!! (4618 3rd St)
All Good Pizza which has great outdoor garden seating (https://www.allgoodpizza.com)
Yvonne’s Southern Sweets for sweet snacks to go (http://www.yvonnessouthernsweets.com)
Gratta Wines for all my snack and picnic needs…cheese, crackers, wine, & more (https://www.grattawines.com)
La Mediterranee Deee-licious Mediterranean food (https://lamednoe.com)
La Traviata 2854 Mission my fave Italian place–old school SF at its finest (https://www.latraviatasf.com)
Music (and drinks): (when they re-open again–sniff)
Bottom of the Hill 1233 17th St my home away from home for live music (http://www.bottomofthehill.com)
Makeout Room 3225 22nd St (http://www.makeoutroom.com)
The Chapel 777 Valencia St gets a lot of great bands https://thechapelsf.com)
Flora Grubb–they have all sorts of sitting nooks throughout their nursery great for quiet conversations (https://www.floragrubb.com)
SCRAP–a depot offering new & upcycled artsy materials (https://www.scrap-sf.org)
Secession Art & Design–tons of artists’ work all in one place and great SF-specific tees great for gifts (https://www.secessionsf.com)
Fort Funston –my outdoor home away from home…space to roam and a virtual dog heaven (off leash) with epic beach
Bernal Hill–I believe I’ve brought every single overnight guest ever here–it’s a hop skip and jump from my house with epic views of SF
Angel Island –ferry there and explore the abandoned buildings
Heron’s Head–for a quick walk nearby right on the bay
Nevada City to swim in the Yuba–my absolute favorite river of all time
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Without a doubt my co-founder Liyani Rodriguez. She’s the yin to my yang and has taught me so much. Without her support, trust, and encouragement I don’t think I’d be where I am today.