Has the greatest idea of all time; think Facebook or Google.
Quits his job.
Buys a domain name and creates all the social media accounts while actively looking for his CTO.
Spends countless hours telling ex-coworkers how happy he is and how he could never have a boss again.
Buys a new laptop, preferably a Macbook pro.
Updates his Instagram bio.
Starts a pitch deck and drafts NDAs for the lucky investors he’s about to reach out to.
Watches all the videos of Steve Jobs and Gary V.
Creates t-shirts with the logo of his startup and buys a turtleneck for the next time he hits the stage.
Attends all the free tech events and doesn’t mind the complementary drinks at all.
Feels good when being asked what he does for a living.
Updates friends and family regularly about his next big thing.
Finds a database with 10k+ investors on LinkedIn and message them all at once.
Complains about the corporate world with other entrepreneurs.
Wonders if he’s on track for Forbes 30 under 30 and if can apply to Harvard after selling his startup.
Attempts to team up with people with Ivy League degrees.
Burns savings fast.
Argues with team members about titles and share % after realizing he won’t be a billionaire at IPO according to his 5-year forecast.
Gets scared of fellow team members trying to steal his idea because they stopped showing up.
Gives a lot of advices to other entrepreneurs.
Occasionally retweets Elon Musk.
Needs funding to start his project
Watches “The Social Network” and reads “From 0 to 1”.
People don’t understand his vision and that he’s about to have a monopoly on a trillion $ market.
Gets emotional and hates everyone, especially investors (except American investors because they’re ambitious and risk takers).
Goes all in and buys an expensive ticket to a big startup event to get exposure to the best investors.
Parties with founders who just raised a $10M Series A.
Gets home empty handed and avoids calls from ex co-workers, friends, and family.
*Usually quits here because he’s out of cash and he misses stability plus good paychecks. Speaks to every entrepreneur about how their startup is going to fail because he also had a startup once and then he realized the game was rigged: only a certain type of entrepreneur raises money. Entrepreneurship was his greatest experience and he’s so glad he took a chance on it.
Every entrepreneur knows that founder because it’s probably bringing back memories. Entrepreneurship will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and it’s easy to fall into traps and lose sight of what’s really important: build a great company with an amazing team to make a difference around you. You might have heard that somewhere, but mistakes and failures are mandatory steps to take to become a good entrepreneur. So, let’s just all sit back and have a laugh about the founder we once were.
*Don’t go there.