I'm a 38-year old startup entrepreneur, and I've had my share of ups and downs. Here are the things I've learned along the way.
I read a great post a couple of months ago, written by a friend of mine, for females, that really inspired me (even as a male). As we get older, we begin to see things more clearly. Things we once thought were important become secondary. We start to truly understand what life (and business) are all about.
At my age (I'm 38), I'm not claiming to know everything (or an expert in anything for that matter), but I do believe I've learned a few things. As I approach my 40′s, I thought I'd share the lessons (sometimes hard) that I've earned--and learned:
- Nobody cares about what you say, only what you do.
- Funding is not the end, only the beginning.
- Once you take on funding, the stress gets worse, not better.
- Don't beg for investment dollars. They're paying to be your partner, not the other way around.
- Arrogant and disrespectful investors will never be good partners. Ignore them.
- Never, ever ever, pay to pitch.
- TechCrunch is overrated. Unless you sell to startups, it doesn't do shit. It's good for the ego though.
- Some people only care about people who they think are popular. They'll only acknowledge you when you appear to be more connected then they are. Get rid of these people.
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