Startup Material

Someone asked on a mailing list how do you find out who’s “startup material”.  Here’s my take –

  • Stupid enough to start a company
  • Naive enough to trust others (partners, customers, employees)
  • Dumb enough to work hard for lesser pay, when you could be earning more with less work
  • Insanely patient through n-number of failures
  • Extremely optimistic under any circumstances
  • A stress junkie
  • Ability to involve other “startup material” folks in your idiotic plan
  • All in hopes of a rich pay day and an opportunity to “do something” (yeah right, as if that’s important) even if the statistical probability of it actually happening is 0.01% (note the point about extreme optimism above)

So, are you “startup material”?

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