First things first. I am a workaholic. I love what I do, whatever I am doing, it’s likely that I am enjoying it.
I am finally living the startup life and yeah, it’s awesome, somewhat weird and there are times that contradiction happens every second.
There are a lot of stuff that goes in a startup. One of the most important aspect to me is the relationship you build with your team, principally the relationship with your founders, because this will lead everything else.
There is something that has no price: to be able to tell whatever you feel, even if it is wrong, with your co-founders. But this is one of the hardest things to archive. Most people hate listening other’s emotions or point. I’ve lived it over and over, and I still believe this is one one first reasons most startups or projects fail. Lack of transparency.
So here I am, writing about some weird stuff because I like to be as honest as possible to what I feel the values and culture of a startup should be.
I like to see startups like children.
And I like to do that because then it is easy to start thinking about any aspect of it.
- Startups as kids need extremely care and love. They’ll probably be a terrible person if a parents give them no love or care.
- Children have parents. Sometimes parents are even married, and probably live together. Then they say being a startup co-founder is like being married with kids without sex. Couldn’t agree more.
So when certain questions start to emerge about different aspect of a startup, I just ask my self as if the startup were a kid, our kid. Yeah, it might sound a little insane, but that’s how some people (like myself) feel about what I love to create or build.
Then you can answer yourself the next.
- What would a 1 year old child do if her dad or mom goes away every single weekend, the child not even knowing why the hell did her parent go. How would the child feel?
- What if suddenly dad or mom decides to take a vacation? In the middle some important stuff can happen to the child, right? It is not a travel for dad’s or mom’s work that will feed the child, but just because dad’s or mom decided it was awesome time to go to Hawaii. Is it right? Would you do that? Would you leave your child alone because you have a “compromise” with the beach and sun? how would the other parent feel being alone and responsible for the child?
I think if this happens routinely, parents break up. An so co-founders do.
I try to always remember to be a good parent, be near my children or they won’t probably like me. :)