“How I Built This”

Having a start-up is hard work. And it can be lonely too. Even when you have partners in the business. Even if your friends and family are giving you moral or financial support, or both.

Seriously, if you don’t have doubts you’re not trying hard enough!

So I’m sharing some of the start-up focused things that help me stay positive when things are challenging.

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“How I Built This”

“How I Built This with Guy Raz” on National Public Radio is amazing. When things get dark, it is helpful to find inspiration from people who have succeeded. Guess what? Most Founders “confide” that they had problems to overcome before realizing their dreams. I was surprised to find that I was just inspired by people running businesses that I thought I had no interest in, as I was by those that created products and services that I was familiar with.

“Silicon Valley”

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is a hilarious send-up of the the self-referential nature of the start-up industry. I especially like seasons 1 and 2.  It can be vulgar, but it is nice to laugh at an industry that takes itself too seriously.  Not everyone is “making the world a better place”, most founders really just want to make money. The ups and downs of the fictional Pied Piper team actually resonate with me, even though I’m a non-technical founder who doesn’t live in one of the magical tech hubs. “Silicon Valley” is available to stream in most markets.

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