If you’ve worked at a startup then you know the ups and downs that you can experience. Startups are not for the faint of heart. In one month you can experience everything from panic, elation, gratitude, fear, anger, indifference, joy, grief, frustration, relief, pride, jealousy, generosity, and much more.
One day you have raised money from the biggest names in the technology space, the next day you announce on TechCrunch- riding high on all the buzz about your company. Then a week later the press is gone, the product doesn’t work exactly as you had hoped, and your active user-base is dwindling by the day. It takes a special kind of person to dig deep, hunker down, and keep focus on building the best product possible. Vin Vacanti just wrote a great post about The Depressing Day After You Get TechCrunch’d.
Bottom line: While startups have been glorified recently with everything from TV shows on Bravo to crazy parties — they are a lot more difficult than they may seem. Before you start or join a startup you need to remember that you will have ups and downs- but it is all worth it when you build a great product and positively affect people’s lives.