The Trough of Sorrow

There is a very cool chart that Paul Graham of Y Combinator fame outlined a few years ago that visually outlines the arc of a successful company.

Last week I wrote an article for INC.COM titled, “How to Get Through Founder’s Despair” which will be part of your journey.  If you are new to this game I recommend reading it as I outline 2 first steps you need to do to get through the valley.

Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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