People seem to hit me up all the time about their startup. I find it quite interesting as half the time all they really want is an introduction to someone that I know.
That’s fine, just ask for that intro. I’ll usually give you my full attention to what it is you want to do, and I’ll think of who I can connect you with. Now if I don’t connect you with anyone, that means I don’t think your idea is worth a damn. But hey, I’m not someone that knows it all either, so just because I say it’s not worth it, doesn’t mean it totally sucks.
What I won’t do is lie to you and say “Yeah, you have a great idea!” – when it reality it isn’t a great idea and I can’t see any worthwhile thing coming out of it. Then again, there are things I’ve probably snubbed and would have gone on to make great ideas. Thinking really hard about it now, in the past ~8 years or so. I probably would have passed on:
- Skype – another dumb chat program with video chat, and the only saving grace may have been the encryption
- Facebook – who needs another MySpace/Friendster
As you can see, I would have not done a few things and probably would have been burned by that fact. All three companies listed above would have been in foresight been passed on by me. That goes to show you one thing.
Not everyone is perfect in their judgement of your startup. If one person says “No”, be sure to keep trying. That one person could be someone like me. A person that really only has an opinion and you know what they say about that!
- Getting Started With Skype (blogs.skype.com)
- What Did Facebook Change Now? (thedailybeast.com)
- Jason Fischl joins Skype as Director of Developer Relations (blogs.skype.com)
- Killing the Internet (modnmindful.wordpress.com)
- 21 gadgets that’ll make you feel really old (cbsnews.com)