I've always wanted to build my own startup! But when I dropped out of Stanford to do so, IT WAS HORRIBLE!
Every day, I sat in my parents basement in Minnesota coding on my startup. I’d push out feature after feature, but when metrics continued going down, I felt powerless. Maybe it was me, so I tried finding co-founders who could help save my startup.
After 1 year, I had gone thru 7 cofounders. 😭😭 And nothing changed.
I remember crying a lot, overloading my GF with startup pains, mourning over the loss of my co-founders. Building a startup was supposed to be fun, but why I was I so anxious all the time?
At some point, I met another founder Robert Nowell 👨🏻💻 from Harvard. At the time, both our products were dying... Literally our retention curves drooped to 0 😭😭😭
We were both feeling really isolated so we tried co-working together! Every day, we would share tasks, shoot the shit, and askereal questions like “Why are you coding? Why not instead find paying customers?” I woke up feeling more & more excited because now I had a founder friend I could work alongside every day :D
Now I'm breaking $5.4k MRR after 8 months, and I have more friends like Selena Secor Heidi Fung Charles Javelona Christina Pawlikowski Christopher Dang Maxim Zavadskiy Tom Hosiawa in my community that support me every day :) Robert Nowell 👨🏻💻 is now funded $1 mill+ :O :O and has paying customers too!
I don’t want you to go through the pain I did! THIS SHIT IS HARD! If you can, I recommend joining a founders community so you don’t get consumed by the isolation! I run a community called Founders Cafe for early stage solo-ish founders to co-work together, and just DM me if you want an invite.
Ultimately I really want every founder to wake up screaming “holy shit I can’t believe I can do the for a living!!” and have friends to share the journey with :D #founders #startup