VC pride in funding the STARVING ENTREPRENEUR.
Two recent encounters with young, new entrepreneurs have solidified a concept in my brain that I’ve known for a long time, but have not had the opportunity to explain until now. There’s this myth that being a startup founder is romantic and dreamy, like the starving grad student or starving artist motif. Until you’ve done it, you will always think of it that way. Once you’ve actually done it — built a startup from nothing through exit — you genuinely know better. You might also have some genuine disdain for those who still maintain the romantic view.