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Collaboration-2Collaborations for business and startups have helped many companies to grow. At MATTER, we believe that being a collaborative brand enables us to build a network that creates access to market, providing products that through good design, stand on their own two feet. We believe in creating a brand and community based on appreciation for the universal craft of fabric and motif, based on individualism, and yet, diversity. We are called MATTER for a reason. It is a name that people can appropriate, ties to our mission: connecting communities, working with artisans. We've gathered a basket of pointers on what to look for in a collaboration.

01 | VALUE ALIGNMENT
  • Alignment of values = similar purpose
  • Mutual respect
  • Goals and outcomes will be clearer
  • Fair partnership
  • Clarify intentions of collaboration
02 | CLEAR ON ROLES AND EXPECTATIONS
  • To ensure equal effort
  • Prevents confusion and clash in ideas
  • Transparency
  • Know everyone's potential
03 | BARTER TRADE PHILOSOPHY
  • To gain something from one another
  • Everyone earns a fair share
  • Win-win situation
  • Clear outcomes
04 | OPEN ENDED FLEXIBILITY
  • Able to adapt to different situations
  • Know that you need more than just Plan A
  • Agreeable on changes
  • Give and take, healthy discussion
05 | MUTUAL RESPECT
  • Know your partner's aims and intentions
  • Do not cross the boundaries
  • Unifying vision
  • Shared long term vision
  • Having similar work ethic
06 | VALUING INPUT
  • Underlying belief in the value of diversity
  • Complimentary skills
  • More brains = greater execution
  • Never say no to ideas
  • Have an open mind

Today’s fast-paced economy requires mutual partnerships to utilize creative thinkers, experienced minds with resources that can help you arrive at a solution in less time. Collaboration is an efficient and productive way in achieving goals, especially in highly competitive markets. By collaborating, companies are able to progress and grow and create solutions to problems. It also builds a strong community of entrepreneurs by encouraging fellow start ups to share ideas, critique and compete at the same time. Indeed, collaborations deliver an experience that can’t be found in a non-collaborative business.


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