Everywhere I look – I see dead people.
Well maybe not people per se – but dead things. Lifeless objects that have been cast aside for various reasons – it became too hard to continue, neglect due to something shinier, lack of funds – the reasons don’t matter. The fact is that these lifeless objects were once the pride and joy of someone. A cherished idea, prototype or product / service – now a dead object cast deep into the earth.
10 Startups was my idea to identify cemeteries of dead startups; a way of collecting data on what didn’t work. Originally, I went after companies in the startup phase – interviewing entrepreneurs who were filled with hope. The whole idea was to chronicle their story and be able to tell the good along with the bad.
Well that didn’t appeal to me at all. All motivation and gumption left me after the first round of interviews. Turns out, deep down inside I don’t want to talk to those people – it’s all too soon. I need the people who are down on their luck, had their ass handed to them and are looking to make a comeback (or not and take that cushy government job). Everyday I deal with people who are happy-go-lucky and naive about the startup and entrepreneur world. I want to meet the goth equivalent of an entrepreneur. I want to meet other people who see dead people.
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I should note that I originally started writing this article on October 20, 2012. This is around the time when I first started exploring the idea of 10 Startups.com. Since that time, there have been a few hiccups, a few changes of the guard and I’m still unsure how to move forward. I know that over the next few weeks I’ll figure something out, but I’m looking for input from various sources.
Any input you have would greatly be appreciated!
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