Monday, September 17, 2012

The startup rollercoaster

Marc Andreesen:
"First and foremost, a start-up puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip rapidly from day-to-day – one where you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again. Over and over and over. And I’m talking about what happens to stable entrepreneurs. There is so much uncertainty and so much risk around practically everything you are doing. The level of stress that you’re under generally will magnify things incredible highs and unbelievable lows at whiplash speed and huge magnitude. Sound like fun?"


  1. Don't forget the days where nothing happens and you feel like you're getting nowhere.

  2. Strangely reassuring! So glad to hear that it is not just me on the rollercoaster. Thanks for the post!

  3. Ditto the above comments Kate and Kerstin!

    I am launching in about 6 weeks - if I'm on a rollercoaster, today I am at that calm moment when it slows, allowing you to take a breath, before hurtling away again!

    Ho-hum....but wouldn't swap any of it!