To say our team was at first apprehensive about joining would be a grotesque understatement, like calling the Titanic a “boat” or the 1996 Chicago Bulls “just a basketball team.” We flat out rejected the notion. Over several years, we’d built a profitable company with formidable market position. We’d executed significant partnerships, expanded to over 20 countries, and increasingly landed just about any meeting that we desired.
Everyone, including our own team, feared that joining an accelerator would be a stigma. In fact, almost every investor, advisor, and acquaintance said, “Why the hell would FieldLevel join an “accelerator”? Sure, the encounters with Magic Johnson would be cool, and the additional press would only further validate what we’d already been doing. But many felt that FieldLevel’s involvement in an accelerator could suggest that management was lost.
However, we joined the Dodgers Accelerator, and thus far we’re very happy that we did. To the contrary of initial perceptions, the program stands to rapidly accelerate a few highly strategic initiatives for our company, and each day we meet more and more truly fantastic people.