There are certainly many ups and downs in building a company. A lot of rejections and celebrations…often both on the same day. The volatility is certainly incredibly exhausting but exhilarating at the same time. I’ve experienced several tribulations and jubilations with Taggify, an Argentine startup I advise. Most certainly the last 6 months since we launched Fundacity was no walk in wonderland either. It was the wildest Universal Studio like roller-coaster ride you can ever imagine. It is cool how we created something from the powerpoint I kept pitching people still in August!
I’ve spoken several times with my partner Diego and the partners at Taggify about keeping motivated. It helps if you can maintain your bearings and keep an eye on the vision. The vision is everything. Well to be frank, it also just helps to see what my former colleagues at PwC are up to on LinkedIn. 😀
We keep calm and carry and are hacking away at it no matter what. If it is smooth sailing we go faster if we have challenges we go more slowly but steadily upwards and onwards. Investors like that because they invest in lines not dots and we are certainly drawing steady growth…but behind it is hell of a lot of work and resilience from Fundacity team members.
It is hard to hire people and certainly hard to choose partners. There is no test like the test of time. Resistant guys who go with you through thick and thin are like unicorns. Finding these is the prerogative of any CEO as these are the only guys one should have at the core of the startup. Self starters and people that push boundaries…AKA hustlers.
Finally, a cool quote I stumbled across on Steve Blank’s blog:
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
William Shakespeare Henry V | Act 4, Scene 3
Happy company building