One of the first things you learn as an entrepreneur is that on some level, you’re only as good as your pitch. The accelerators reinforce this by teaching you the art of storytelling, a skill that helps an investor sign a term sheet as much as it helps the father of a young child decide to take a pay cut to be part of something that’s amazing.
You learn to lie, elaborately.
Of course, it’s only lying if you don’t believe it’s true right? We set the stage for greatness and then scurry away to make it happen so that the moment someone looks under the hood, they see the gears of technology spinning away and not the emptiness of yet another slide deck. This is what dreaming is all about, and it’s one way to push ourselves to be better than we thought we can actually be.
I’m still dreaming.
I never dreamt of riches and fame when I made the decision to start this business. I dreamt of building something that would shake things up and improve the web. Yesterday was the day, I finally stopped believing I could do this within the confines of my startup and accepted my 30-day prognosis.
As I look out at the sunrise this morning, my dreams of building something that mattered have been replaced by a dream of doing right towards those who have trusted me through this journey and walked the road with me. A road I couldn’t have walked alone.
I’m going to save my team.