You normally make new friends when you start your job at a new company. Sure, there are plenty of co-workers that you would never call friends, go on holidays or have dinner with. On rare occasion, however, one or two even become good friends. I never imagined that I would work for a company that consist exclusively of that sort of people.
Early last year, Mario had this crazy idea of creating a healthier Ketchup that would exceed the expectations of his epicure friends – some of them sommeliers, chefs of upscale restaurants in London and NYC or the pampered lovers of good food.
We began cooking and shared the outcome of every batch with friends and family and realised that cooking a ‘better’ Ketchup wasn’t all that challenging as there was a growing number of people asking for more. Eager to make tracks, we drafted a rough plan, which involved finding some people who could help us pursue our ambition. This wasn’t a business-plan of any sort, just a list of values that aligned with our vision.
The key ingredient of good food is ‘fun’ and the crucial criteria for the success of this venture therefore was to only work with people that we were sure, we could have fun with. At that point we didn’t know who those people would be or where to find them, but we agreed to only look for people that we could imagine to go on holidays with. And we found them: Philipp, Enrico, Andreas and Ehren.
I don’t believe that you can plan to make friends or plan to make business, because it all depends on chance. But I dare say that I have found the company that I never imagined I would: our first gathering wasn’t a holiday – we cooked and worked for three days straight – yet it felt like venturing out to have fun with a group of friends and give form to a shared vision.