“Everyone has such different backgrounds. Half of our team have owned and grown their own businesses; it’s a very entrepreneurial group,” Julie said. And close to 80 percent have been a team member at an early-stage start-up business, she explained. “People who know how to wear a lot of hats, figure things out, and empathize with a variety of stakeholders and roles,” she said.
Julie describes the team as “super collaborative”. Before COVID-19, it was important for her to have everyone in one place. “We didn’t recruit remote workers, though we had a flexible work from home policy,” Julie said. “My priorities have changed for the business. Prior, Part and Sum was at Camp David, A creative co-working space in Industry City, Brooklyn.
Julie continues this collaboration through now-virtual activities like a “retro”, in which the team talks about things they’re happy about from the week, things that are confusing, and things that are disappointing. The second half, the team actions those items, to chart a path forward.
Another unique thing about Part and Sum is that it offers quarterly profit sharing with team members as well as an equity program. “I expect our team to be able to give good business advice. I want them to have skin in the game on our own business,” Julie said.