Here’s a thou’ (Jay-Z)
A G? I ride with you for free
I want the long-term riches (Memphis Bleek)
Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek (Coming of Age)
If you follow no other advice about startups, follow the advice about finding mentors. It is the single most important thing you can do for your company’s success, your own personal growth and most importantly for your mental health. The minute you start a company your signing up for a ride on Space Mountain, a roller coaster that is in complete darkness. As tough as you are, as smart as you are, dealing with this level of stress and uncertainty is not natural and you need support. The kind of support you’ll want comes from those that have been through the startup grinder before and have come out on the other end intact.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have some truly amazing individuals helping us through the ups and downs. They give selflessly simply to give back to the community that has given to them. I wanted to briefly thank a few of them now:
Tom Higley – You have been through seemingly every situation a startup can go through. Your thoughtfulness, strategic thinking and kindness never ceases to amaze me. Thank you.
David Mandell – We literally would not have been able to create a brand without you. Your creativity, eloquence and understanding of what drives decision making is truly special. Thank you. P.S. I’m so incredibly excited for Pivot Desk!
Holly Hamann – You helped us understand “what women want” and taught us what influencer marketing is all about. Thank you.
Jake Nickel – At the very beginning you told us “it’s all about the community”. The company’s entire model is based on that. Just like your website says, you are one of the “coolest guys on earth”. Thank you.