A Family Company with Spunk: One Click Ventures

A Family Company with Spunk: One Click Ventures
February 12, 2014 by Orr Fellowship

In May 2011, I joined the One Click family as a marketing intern with zero knowledge of e-commerce and pitifully limited work experience. Despite my meager qualifications, I was given a chance at One Click and had a phenomenal summer. After the internship, I discovered the Orr Fellowship, learned that One Click was a host company, went through the recruitment process, and was selected against all odds to join One Click as an Orr Fellow. For the longest time, I wondered why I was chosen out of a group of significantly more qualified candidates. The answer came two years later, at a Business Leader Meeting (BLM) hosted by One Click’s co-founders, Randy and Angie Stocklin.

At its heart, One Click is a family company. Randy and Angie are business partners and life partners. Some of their earliest employees were friends and family. This has developed into a culture where team members are treated like family and the office is a space that is designed to feel like home. So when I heard that One Click would be hosting a BLM at our offices, I was excited for everyone to see the place that so accurately represents One Click and shows the time and effort our co-founders have invested into the company. One Click is a place where building strong interpersonal relationships is encouraged and supported. 

We know each other’s weird facts. We eat together. We work out together. We hang out together. We cheer for each other’s successes and support each other during hardships. It’s a company where moving on to new career opportunities is treated as a celebration of a person’s professional development and with genuine happiness at their growth as an individual. Randy and Angie want each team member to succeed, even if that means it happens outside One Click’s walls.

On the day of the business leader meeting, Randy and Angie showed the Fellows our brightly-colored hallways, store-themed meeting rooms, fully-stocked café, numerous breakout areas, in-house order fulfillment center and warehouse, as well as our game room replete with astro-turf carpeting, ping pong table, billiards, foosball, and big screen TV. One Fellow commented, “Who knew a place like this exist could exist in Greenwood?” I can think of two who did. 

During the meeting, someone asked Randy about the work we do at One Click. He said, “Any number of talented people can do what we do here. It’s not a matter of finding talented people. It’s a matter of finding good people.” One Click hires not based on how someone will impact the bottom line, but how they will contribute to the One Click family. The rest works itself out. 

I believe the Fellowship operates in a similar way. How do you choose from a heap of equally talented individuals with remarkable achievements and life experiences? The answer: you choose who feels right. 

Any number of talented people can do the jobs we do at the companies we work for. But that’s not what it’s about. It’s about building a family that supports, challenges, and ultimately improves each of its members. To Randy and Angie, I was family. To me, One Click is family. The Orr Fellowship is family. And above all else, family is what matters.

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