Why Don’t You Love Your Startup?

You quit your job, gave up a stable income, and started working non-stop on a startup. To do this you either must be insane, stupid, or truly in love with your startup. I’ll assume that the primary reason is that you really are in love with your company, product, and team. Yet, when you’re in love, aren’t you supposed to shout it from the mountain tops? I just don’t get it.

 
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The Inhabitants of Startup Land

For those of you who may be entering the startup world for the first time, it may be helpful to have some knowledge of the kind of people you’re going to meet. In my short, eight-month journey in Silicon Valley, I’ve met thousands of people in the startup world and had tens of thousands of conversations with them. Yet when I sat down to write this post, I was amazed at how few categories I needed to come up with a decent guide book.

Now, it’s important to note that I am not singling anyone I know out. Everyone who knows me should understand that I have the utmost respect for their style, approach, and dedication. We are all out there trying to make it in Startup Land. I wish everyone I’ve met the greatest success in all their ventures.

It’s also important to mention that these are fuzzy classifications. Most people do not fit squarely into one category entirely or uniquely. Rather, we’re all a blend of different amounts of the categories, with one trait likely being the most dominant.
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Elaborating on the Global Rydex Idea

I had a few different people ask for clarification on the Global Rydex idea I posted. I debated whether to even include the idea in the list originally, because it’s an esoteric topic that may be confusing to people not familiar with the myriad financial instruments available today. I realized halfway through an explanation I was writing that it’s better to just make it an entirely new post.

 

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Startup Ideas – July 2011

The curious thing about doing a startup is that you start seeing potential startups in every problem you encounter. Since I’m trying to focus on my startup Curvio, I can’t go implementing every idea that comes into my head. The best remedy I’ve found is to simply write the ideas down so that they’re out of your mind. Thus, inspired by Jacques Mattheij, I’ve compiled a list of the startup ideas I’ve had recently. Continue reading