This series is dedicated to all the people that have been inquiring about the state of my startup. For those who haven’t heard from me, I apologize for the radio silence. For those who have, and have been encouraging me to press forward, I owe a debt of gratitude. Without you I’d probably be lost.
The past year has been a wild ride. I’d been waiting my whole life to find the big idea I could turn into a successful technology startup, and it finally came to me. So, with three friends I embarked on the startup journey for the first time. I considered myself truly blessed to have a team in place that was excited to build the product and had the expertise to do so. Over the course of the past year, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, travel to Florida, Texas and California, and watch with excitement as my vision began to take shape. All this culminated in acceptance to the Y Combinator program in Boston this past summer. I remarked to my family at the time "we’d really have to screw this up to not make this a success now." Well… that’s what we did.
About two weeks before the start of the program, my partners and I got into a series of disputes that ultimately led to them walking out, and I was forced to abandon my dream, at least temporarily. Dealing with the experience has been one of the hardest challenges of my life, and it’s something I’m still working on. This series is my attempt to reflect on that experience.
- Part I : What Went Wrong
- Part II : What Really Went Wrong
- Part III : Lessons Learned
- Part IV : Feedback