As some of you know I launched my first STARTIT marathon 2 weeks ago. 30 people signed up, 18 passed to the second task, 4 survived till the last one. Until the last challenge, all the tasks were mostly introspective and analytical.
But not the last one. In the last one, they needed to go to the field and do the customer interviews — basically talk to their potential customers and come back with results.
All 4 people disappeared. Then 1 came back with the task half done.
My first thought: my marathon sucks! I did a poor job thinking it through. Didn’t motivate enough, didn’t gave the right tools. But then, I looked at my #YCombinator Startup School team that I’m part of right now. Do you know what I see? Out of 5 companies that supposed to be in my group, only 3 founders showed up.
Common man, it’s YC! They have a massive brand and following. They are the elite of the startup world! Just to be there is already a privilege.
So no, my marathon doesn’t suck. Execution sucks.
It’s easy to dream about having a sexy body, it’s hard to go to the gym and keep a diet. It’s easy to dream about entrepreneurship and freedom, it’s hard to do sales and fundraise.
And because it’s hard, it’s valuable.
YC teaches you: if your solution is easy to copy, your company is dead.