Sometimes it’s important to hear the contrarian opinion. Disruptive technologies and unicorns are all the rage in the tech startup space, even though the unicorns are clearly not going to all pan out on the positive side of the balance sheet. The gist of the standard point of view is pretty much that if a company doesn’t have a shot at having the first or second largest market share in a billion dollar market, its founders shouldn’t even bother to get out of bed in the morning.
Well, if you’ve been immersed in that way of thinking, read every word of this article by the founder of Basecamp. He basically points out that he built a successful business over time, not a venture capital flash in the pan that fizzled out once the post IPO suckers bought into the play. His business has grown over the years and some of its customers have stayed with the company for over a decade.
It’s possible to be an entrepreneur, build a strong company and a good life. And there’s more than one way to do it. Think about it.
March 30, 2016