Why Failing is Okay for Startups?


I’m blessed.  I have a great set of parents and an enviable life.  I have a lot.  The one thing I don’t have is a software I can sell for millions.  That would be neat.  And is my next goal.  I’m not going to sugar coat this…. the software isn’t want I expected it would be at this point.  In fact… it’s not remotely close…  There is no other way to say it… except it failed.  And I failed.  I failed to manage the development team… instead they managed themselves.  Which makes no sense… since they are developers making a PPC tool.  Not a great plan.

Failing just means getting back up and trying something new.  That’s optimization and that’s the core of PPC.  Without failing… you don’t learn anything.  And not learning means you don’t get back up.  I learned a lot from this recent failure.  Not a complete failure but still…  I learned I shouldn’t be as nice as I am when people are not getting what I want done.  I’m too polite.  I guess… it can be considered passive-aggressive.  But not really.  I speak my mind all the time, in front of people.  It’s just that I don’t have a set tactic to achieve my objectives and sometimes my opinions become confusing even to me.

Not to say I can’t come up with a solid logical argument.  More along the lines, I don’t want anyone to feel bad so I temper my logic.  Not the fierceness, but my logic.  It should sort of crazy.  But I have this tendency to befuddle my logic when it comes to something I care about.  The more I care about something, the more I try to cram all my logic into one argument.

Anyways…  to make a long story short…. no I’m not happy with how the software part turned out. And yes, I consider it a failure on my part for not demanding that the product be made in a certain way.  I know exactly how things spiraled out of control.  The developers asked for too much.  And couldn’t understand sacrifice that comes with being a startup.  They never wanted to be part of a startup.  Being part of a startup doesn’t mean going out and buying 3 laptops for $2700+ dollars…  or buying new chairs after not getting to a deadline.

I mean… why… the damn chairs?  Seriously… we are a startup we don’t need fancy laptops, desks, or chairs.  I’m sure actual startups work with much less than was provided to our developers.  Which brings me to my last point… if you don’t like startup life… why would you choose to work at a startup?  It’s not glamorous at all… it’s messy and more work than a regular job.  Some people are better for regular jobs.  They would be great for regular jobs.  But not for startups.  It’s bad for their careers and bad for the startup.