What we learned from failing as first-time founders straight out of college

Successes, failures, and lessons learned from taking the leap.

May 2015 — graduated and ready to hustle.

Lesson 1: Team

  1. Find someone to join the founding team as a technical co-founder
  2. Have me attempt to get my technical skills up to speed
  3. Use freelancers to build the product until we accumulated the necessary traction to fundraise and hire technical talent

Lesson 2: Product-Market Fit

We often stuck to the story that we wanted to tell, instead of listening to the story that was unfolding.

Lesson 3: Systems

Communication is 🔑

The Importance of Having a Mentor

  1. Pertinent experience with building a successful startup
  2. Strongly invested in us (close personal relationship or a financial stake)
  3. Able to talk to us on a very frequent basis (at least weekly)

Successes

Was it worth it?

If we could make the same decision about starting a startup straight out of college we’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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