Last year, my then 14-year old son and I had a bit of a dilemma to deal with. There were a few women in his life suggesting he "clean up" his LEGO. His collection over the years had grown from not only our house, but that of my mother's and his other grandmother's cottage. Shelves loaded with models he had been building for almost 10 years lined living rooms. Huge Rubbermaid containers filled with loose bricks filled closets and basements. It was a problem many a LEGO lover has faced: When and what do you do with your Bricks? I was lucky, I held on to, and hid mine long enough to give to my son. But he had 20 times that amount.
With both our brains put together we came up with an idea. We dusted off an old pitch I had done for an MBA class, modified it and after one year of planning and building, Brick Labs Inc. opened its doors July 24th, 2017.
For a young teenager who has been heavily exposed to Family Business planning (Transitions Conferences) and Family meetings, this would be the perfect opportunity to "walk the talk". Matthew is Generation 3 on his Mother's side as well as my side of the Family Business game. Is 15 too young to go "operational"? Is working with your Dad a good idea? We will soon find out. While there have been a few bumpy spots, for the most part it has been an amazing ride so far. He's learned about leasing, banking, insurance, construction, hiring, and everything else that goes with a start up. I can only hope the learning continues. Stayed tuned!