76: Bastian Lehmann, Postmates CEO: Forget About Plan A

 
 Bastian Lehmann thought he wanted to direct movies, until his film school application didn't go so well. Entrepreneurship is working out much better.

Bastian Lehmann thought he wanted to direct movies, until his film school application didn't go so well. Entrepreneurship is working out much better.

Sometimes Plan A doesn’t work out. You’ve got to be ready to improvise. 

That’s one of the themes in Bastian Lehman’s story. He had a different career path in mind, but ended up settling for entrepreneurship. So far it’s going pretty well. He’s the cofounder and CEO of Postmates, a delivery startup that’s part of this race to remake the way we shop. He's raised about a quarter billion dollars.  

Postmates was originally supposed to be doing furniture delivery. That didn’t work out for some interesting reasons. When I sat down with Bastian Lehmann at the New York Stock Exchange, I got a fresh appreciation for why the ability to make smart adjustments is often better than being able to divine the future.