What They Don't Tell You Is The Wildebeest Is Your Mother's Cousin

New post on Seattle 2.0 today:

Being in a startup is not just a rollercoaster; rollercoasters have inspectors and safety bars and rails that you travel on. Being in a startup is more like being duct taped to the top of a blind wildebeest crossing your fingers that it is going to end up where you need to be. »

Actually, this is not entirely correct. Being in a startup often is not that stressful. Especially if you're good, you have very little downside risk - you'll always have a chance to go somewhere else. Being an executive in a startup is where the majority of the insanity happens. With no net, and real people's lives depending on you, the stakes are much much higher.