Lately, I’ve been so caught up with designing the mobile app for BridgingGood that I forgot there’s a shit ton of stuff I need to do for the business side. Design had essentially become the priority when in fact business should be the priority. Without a business, there’s no need for design (I just wrote that and it makes a whole lot of sense). All this realization came to me at tonight’s Gallatin Business Club’s mid-way milestone checkin presentation. I’ve still got a lot to learn. One step at time!
I’ve only just begun developing an idea into a startup and have already learned the the ginormous value of having teammates. If it weren’t for my teammates, I would have been stuck at so many different stages that I would have lost the energy by now to go on. You need your teammates to say, “hey, have you thought about this?” Sometime I feel too drowned in my thoughts about BridgingGood and I forget why I wanted to do this in the first place. But on every step of the way my teammates were there to be my reminders.
So I recently came across an article that breaks down the risks and the challenges of becoming a startup entrepreneur. The article really bums you out and makes you question your initial decision on starting on your own venture. Here’s how the article starts off:
“No one knows the real number of successes or failures, but everyone knows that their chances are bleak. On average, 50% of small businesses in general fail within their first year according to the Small Business Administration’s statistics. It’s safe to assume that a startup has an even lower rate of survival.”
The numbers get more bleak afterwards. I think it’s often easy for entrepreneurs (not that I have enough experience to talk about this) to get caught up in the dream of one day being featured on TechCrunch and becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Andrew Mason.
Reading articles about successful entrepreneurs on major technology media websites definitely adds to the fantasy. I’m not saying that getting caught up in this fantasy is unrealistic. In fact, entrepreneurs need this to get through the downs of the startup life cycle.
However, the fantasy might be well beyond reality that it clouds your vision. That’s why I appreciate cynical articles. It pulls you back down to reality.
I wish there was a blog that solely covers the most miserable failures in the tech startup industry so that readers would not have to make those same mistakes.
Enough with the glitzy stories on TechCrunch, we need more stories of failure!
I can’t believe it’s already been three months since I’ve started working on BridgingGood. I feel like I’ve done so much and not so much at the same time. Strange feeling.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been designing the logo/website/mobile app for BridgingGood. Initially, I was planning to get a designer to join the team to do the design but finding a good designer with both the talent and skills proved to be extremely difficult. So I took matters into my own hands. I basically said to myself, ‘fuck it! I’ll do the design.’ Although I knew how to use illustrator and photoshop, I’ve never actually used them to design a website/mobile app from scratch. The past two weeks involved a lot of epiphanies, head-scratching, exhaustion, and frustration.
I’ve mentioned this before but I’ve learned so much over the past few months since I began working on developing BridgingGood. There’s still a long way to go on this journey but I truly feel blessed to be able to have the strength and passion to bring what was once just an idea in my head to life.
So here’s what I’ve learned. If you want to learn something, just fucking do it!