Picking up with a Startup
So I have my first disagreement with Paul Graham. I’m not sure what he was expecting, with regards to using “I’m starting a business” as a pickup line. but its not that bad. Last night, in celebration of the new, before heading back to their real lives, my beloved friends and partners, and I went out for a nice dinner (Probably my last one for many, many months). It was great food, we talked about our dreams and where we wanted to be in 40 years. it was light conversation, but really nice to just chat about. in amongst the conversation we hit on women, marriage and children (I have a wedding to go to in a week). part of me wanted to know if these guys were gonna be ok putting that stuff on hold for 5 years, and part of me wanted to understand their current situation, needs and wants. somehow we ended up talking about companionship and how painful it was going to be to pickup women now according to Paul Graham. so, in an effort to cheer up the boys and prove/disprove Paul’s theories I started harassing the waitress, and we very quickly learned 2 things. first, that Paul might be wrong. and second, that we all need to be less gentle with the description of what we are trying to do, and instead of talking down just focus on the big ideas and sell the passion. because really, passion can sell anything. In the end I was ranked a 4.3 out of 5 for my sales pitch (which I think means I had her in the bag), and escaped home to quickly hack out a sales pitch framework, followed by hugs and excitement and the guys headed back to Toronto. Our first, of our soon to become religious, thrice weekly sync-up calls is Wednesday night and we have a ton to do before our very first deadline of Sept. 1st. Its time to do some real work - which is pretty cool!