It only took 13 years, but my first startup which I created with 6 credit cards finally hit the $1 billion dollar market cap on NASDAQ.
To which my fiance said, “I’m so proud of you babe! Could you take out the trash please?”
What can I say, she keeps me humble.
My buddy who is a VC said, “Hey, you’re a unicorn that’s gone public, like a pubicorn!”
I said, “Uhm, that sounds like something you find in your food and leave a bad Yelp review about.”
“So what do you want to be called?” another friend asked.
“How about a Unipub? That sounds like a place where you can meet a unicorn and have Guinness on draft.”
He nodded solemnly. Clearly, I was on to something.
I fucking hate hearing this as an angel investor.
It’s often said by the same people who don’t want to tell you too much about their idea because the idea is “Secret.”
There are passionate, competent software and hardware engineers all over the world. The world. If you can’t find one, you’re not looking hard enough or you’re a shitty salesperson.
If you can’t find one engineer to work with you, how the hell are you going to build a company full of them? Finding great talent (technical, operational or creative) gets harder after raising money, not easier.
And duuude. No one cares about your fucking idea. Now go find a good technical partner and treat each other like gold.
- These two are the co-founders of a startup that was a copycat of my second company (but in Singapore). They cold called me and asked to meet for some advice, which tickled me pink. One is the business person, the other person technical. Can you guess which one is which?