When a company's founding team is comprised of veterans, spouses, milbrats, active duty, and those in the transition process themselves, it's only natural to celebrate in a style of military tradition with a startup edge! Earlier this month, the GuideOn team all convened in their tiny cinder block office in Oakland, CA. It was transformed after a 4-day work session into a mashup of formal Dining In scripts and traditions with the laid back vibe of a Silicon Valley startup.
If you've ever been to a Dining In, you'll know the deep tradition, emotions, antics, and memories that ensue. It was truly a night to be remembered and commemorated our years of hard work, passion, dedication, and innovations for the veteran community. If you've never been to a Dining In, the official definition is "a formal dinner function for members of a military organization or unit. It provides an occasion for cadets, officers, noncommissioned officers, and their guests to gather together in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, fun, and social rapport." It's typically a formal event that involves only the immediate members of the military unit, in this case our founding team.
The night ebbed and flowed with humor laced antics to more serious, somber moments of remembrance of friends and heroes lost and the toasting of the sacrifices that many have made for our nation. Our night was fueled by the values of our organization, our passion as a team of people who know and understand the needs of the community, and celebrating the changes we are initiating for veterans and career transitions. Here are some highlights from the night:
When we founded GuideOn, we ensured military tradition and values were a pillar to our organization. We knew that in order to create an environment that would thrive, an established set of values were necessary for growth, success, and critical in weathering the constant ups and downs of creating something transformational. Although our values are different from the U.S. Military, their foundation runs deep in GuideOn and will ensure we create the very best technical solutions for our veterans.
The GuideOn Values:
We will be Innovative
We will be Credible
We will be Courageous
We will be Collaborative
We will be Accountable
We will be Passionate
Our First Annual GuideOn Dining In took most of the traditional Army Dining In experiences and mashed it with who we are as a team from various different backgrounds, experiences, and our individual reasons for serving our veterans. It is our way of celebrating success, each other, unwinding in preparation for the hard work ahead, and celebrating those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
2016 will be a pivotal year for GuideOn and veterans making the transition to the private sector. We're excited to do our part and it's our honor to serve!
~The GuideOn Blog Team