Friends from competitors

While we were at the UPA conference we met up with Jed Wood from Websort - the main competitor to OptimalSort.

We had a blast.

OptimalSort and Websort meetup

It's odd that as competitors there are a bunch of unspoken rules. Like how you should never talk to each other, hang out together or openly share information.  When we started our first business 6 years ago, we told ourselves that not having a business background can work to our advantage. We will try things that "smart" business people probably won't do because that's not what you do.  Making friends with our competitors is possibly one of those things.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jed. It was uncanny how similar we were, and how many things we had in common. We shared ideas with each other, lamented about facing the same types of problems and even gave each other useful advice. There was no ulterior motive or hidden agenda. We just wanted to say hi and make a friend.

If you are in the position to do so, we encourage you to try it. Call a competitor and offer to take them out for coffee. If you're a competitor, please talk to us - we would love to shout you coffee.


Published on Jun 25, 2009
  • Sam Ng
  • Sam Ng is one of Optimal Workshop's founders.

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