Collaboratory for Redemptive Entrepreneurs

Collaborate with me and 11 other high-caliber founders

Throughout my 10+ years running startups (no matter if they were bootstrapped or VC funded) I looked for a group of peers with whom I could be real no matter if the challenge I was facing was “just business” or fundamentally spiritual. 

I never found that group. Mostly what I found was a lot of fellow entrepreneurs who felt the same way I did: isolated. 

Sure, there were mentors and investors I could talk business with. And there were colleagues I could talk to about some surface-level personal things. My friends didn’t really get my work at all. And no one really got the full picture.

It’s hard to feel fully supported when you don’t feel fully understood.  

Now that I’ve made the decision to focus full-time on my mission to help Christians do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others, the first thing I wanted to do was start the group I wish I had as a Founder.

That’s what the Collaboratory is all about: Real world business insights and support from a community of peers who share your faith, vision, and values. 

"Jordan and the other Collaboratory members have been an invaluable asset. Not only have they made themselves available to help solve problems in my business, but they have also come alongside as encouragers and prayer warriors in support of me and my calling as an entrepreneur."

Shay Cochrane
Founder of Social Squares

How It Works

The Collaboratory is a cohort-based community of 12 carefully selected Founders led by me, Jordan Raynor. There are three core components of the Collaboratory: community, coaching, and content. Expand each section below to learn more.

MONTHLY FORUMS

Each month, the full cohort gathers virtually for our Monthly Forum: a 3 hour Zoom call during which we pray for each other, teach on practical business topics, offer focused feedback, and hold each other accountable to our business and spiritual goals. All Forums are recorded for access later on. Here’s the full agenda:

Devotional (20 Minutes)

Devotional from me that helps you more deeply connect your faith with your work. If you’re subscribed to my weekly faith and work devotional, think of this section of the Forum as those devotionals on steroids. Each devotional is followed by the group discussing how the theological truths impact our lives and the lives of our ventures. Here are a few of the topics we have discussed in recent Forums:

  • Why we should be striving for "whole-life excellence" instead of "work-life balance"
  • How to identify symptoms that we are too self-sufficient in our ventures, failing to rely on God and His Church
  • What it means for our work as Founders that Jesus was mistaken for a "gardener" after His resurrection
Prayer (30 Minutes)

Every month, we spend a good chunk of time sharing prayer requests and praying for each other on the call. These prayer requests are then made available for the group to pray through in between Forums.

Teaching (20 Minutes)

At each Forum, I teach on a very practical business topic, drawn from my 10+ years of experience as an entrepreneur. Each talk is followed by Q&A and the group sharing best-practices related to the topic. Here are a few of the topics I have taught on to-date:

  • How to use phantom-equity and other creative forms of non-salary compensation to motivate your team
  • My 5-step process for prioritizing new features and products for my companies to develop
  • How to get every "open loop" out of your head and into a trusted system
Hot Seat (90 Minutes)

Each month, 3 members of the Collaboratory get 30 minutes each to do a deep-dive on a big problem or question facing their venture and solicit input and offers of help from the group. Without fail, these sessions generate game-changing insights that have had massive financial impact on each business represented in the Collaboratory.

Closing Prayer (5 Minutes) 

OPEN FORUM

In between our 3-hour Monthly Forums, members have access to a monthly 1-hour Open Forum with a much less formal agenda. The purpose of these optional calls is simple: to workshop problems on a more regular basis in between Hot Seat sessions in our Monthly Forums. Got a problem or a question for the group? Dial-in and we'll work through it together!


SLACK CHANNEL

In addition to the above, members of the Collaboratory have constant access to me and the other members of the group via our private Slack channel.

As a member of the Collaboratory, you have unfettered access to my calendar (yes—that means unlimited one-on-one calls and emails), my experience, and my connections. Whenever you need counsel on an issue personal or professional, I am there to help, leveraging my years of experience to help you win. For all intents and purposes, you are getting me as a co-founder of your business and I’m personally going to do everything I can to make your venture succeed. Not only have I personally gone through the same challenges you’re facing numerous times, but I have also counseled other founders on virtually every topic imaginable, including how to:

  • Build a predictable sales machine
  • Raise venture capital
  • Inspire your team to care about the venture as much as you do
  • Replace yourself in the day-to-day operations of your venture
  • Hire and retain exceptional people
  • Discern the best opportunities from the merely good ones
  • Manage the overwhelming number of projects and tasks on your plate
  • Get to inbox zero every day
  • Know when you’ve actually found product market fit
  • Be exceptional at work and at home
  • Manage the tension between “trusting” and “hustling” in your venture
  • Ensure your self-worth isn’t tied to the success or failure of your venture
  • Navigate acquisition opportunities

Chances are good that you likely first heard about me through my faith and work content on YouVersion, my weekly devotionals, or in my books for Christian founders, Called to Create and Master of One. As a member of the Collaboratory, you will be gaining access to much more content to help you do your most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others.

Verse Of The Day

Short daily devotional from me to help put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

Knowledgebase

Access to a well-organized repository of documents, pitch decks, spreadsheets, etc. that save you time and help you win.

Early Access

Advance copies of all of my future books.

Apply to Join the Collaboratory

Membership in the Collaboratory costs $1,250 per month and you can cancel anytime. Click the button below to apply to join the group!

About Jordan

It is my honor and joy to lead this Collaboratory, but I want to make one thing crystal clear: This group is not about me. As all of our current members will attest, the real value of the Collaboratory is being in a committed community of your peers, of which I am only one.

With that in mind, you may still be wondering what qualifies me to lead a group like this. That’s a fair question. Here are some highlights of what I’ve accomplished in my 10+ years as an entrepreneur: 

  • Sold 2 companies
  • Raised millions of dollars in venture capital
  • In just 2.5 years, successfully replaced myself as CEO of the venture-backed tech startup, Threshold 360, where I currently serve as Executive Chairman of the Board
  • Built multiple companies with millions of dollars in annual revenue
  • Led teams of 50+ people
  • Spoken on entrepreneurship at Harvard, SXSW, The Council of Europe, etc.
  • Consulted with dozens of other Christian founders
  • National bestselling author of Called to Create (a manifesto for Christian founders) and Master of One
  • Helped more than 2,000,000 Christians (most of them entrepreneurs) more deeply connect their faith with their work

Apply to Join the Collaboratory

Membership in the Collaboratory costs $1,250 per month and you can cancel anytime. Click the button below to apply to join the group!

"Leading a company can be really lonely and I joined the Collaboratory because I was craving strong Christian community with other founders. The group has added value to my life and business on so many levels. First, the community and quality of people in the group is diverse and top notch. As I've presented challenges and issues to the group, I've received solid, actionable feedback that has grown and strengthened my business. Second, I now have a much better understanding of the theology of work, and my relationship with God has grown as a result. Lastly, Jordan has become a trusted friend and mentor, and having unlimited access to him and his wisdom and experience leading ventures has truly been invaluable."

David Block
Founder of Previnex
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