I covered this on Launch Ticker when it first came out. It was my first experience witnessing the introduction of new, scalable technology that would have an immediate affect on millions of people within minutes. It felt like society really did take a small step forward.
Startups are a full-contact sport. Lets face it — it’s not easy to disrupt, change, and challenge markets. The hours are long. The path is uncertain. Passion runs deep. Mistakes will be made. It takes a certain breed. As I meet more entrepreneurs, I keep seeing a common trait. These people who are diving head-first into building something from scratch are some of the gutsiest, stubborn, and most driven beings on the planet. They see things before the rest of us. Spend a week in the Bay Area and you’ll feel it. They’re wired to be risk-takers. They’ll forgo salaries and quitting is never an option. Ask yourself if you’re the type to go all in.
A new trend exists in our age. In our parent’s generation, there were only really two options after you graduated from college. One, go work for someone. Two, go to grad school. Now, there’s a third– create a company. Young graduates are craving the edge, are looking down below, and eyeing the dive.
2013 is a great time to start a company. Technology is at its finest. The cost of creating a startup is 1% of what it used to be. The product development cycle is real short, and you can test your business model and all its assumptions with remarkable speed, ultimately minimizing your risk.
So fuck the safe path. Swing for the fences.