|Scooped by Martin (Marty) Smith|
WHO: Triangle Startup Factory
WHAT: Y-Combinator-like Accelerator
WHERE: Raleigh, Durham, NC
Playing The Startup Game Right
Creating a successful startup is a game, a very important game with money and lives on the line, but a game nonetheless. You have to decide a few important things about who you are to successfully play the startup game.
You must know things like:
* Am I generous or an ass?
* Do I care about ME or the greater good or both?
* Am I well-loved or SMART?
* Can I tack a lickin' and keep on ticking?
* Is it always all about ME?
My advice to those who said YES it is all about me, I am an ass and I am SMART more than well-loved is to NOT apply to Chris' and Dave's amazing startup accelerator (Triangle Startup Factory).
I know a fair number of uber-successful entrepreneurs and none of them fit "ass" or "selfish". Yeah but they had to be ruthless to then be kind? Not so much as it turns out. The most successful people I know always have people willing to help them because they are so kind, generous and sharing.
Hey, we can all be selfish pricks. I am not saying you have to be Gandhi to create a successful startup. No, you can be a tad selfish as long as you are willing to LISTEN. Listening is usually a mutually beneficial skill, so those who look to help and serve listen better (usually).
If you are willing to use your social networks to beat the drum for Triangle Startup Factory applications even though doing so can hurt your chances then you get it. You are playing the startup game right. You understand you win because you've got something, are a little lucky and are willing to LISTEN and SHARE.
Approaching the startup game any other way costs money and the one thing no one has figured out how to make more of - TIME. Don't do that is my advice (lol). My other advice is DO APPLY for Triangle Startup Factory because you want your newborn startup to have a guide like Chris or Dave.