Hats off to you bro for being so brave to share your “failure” story. I wouldn’t say it’s a failure in the first place. A failure to make decision when things are not aligned to your vision, is a failure.
Reading your story really connects to me. I absolutely agree and have the same opinion. Building a startup is indeed building a business. Investors, VCs, fundraising, shouldn’t be THE goal. It feels almost like a money game (scam MLM?) to me when eventually someone will suffer the bubble burst.
Being a startup founder myself, I just hope it wouldn’t be like the year 2K dotcom bubble.