A tech startup is like a baby and the people involved are like a family. Nevertheless, this relationship incorporates elements much broader than a family, where all the core team employees care for each other but, its extent encompasses so much more.
Over the past five years and through today We have discovered that in many ways that many of those who run startups, especially those in the tech world, can relate to this.
Presented are 10 reasons why a startup feels like a baby:
• It’s Your (Brain)child. You are creating your startup from scratch, created and nurtured from a basic idea to a functional company. This is especially true if you are creating a disruptive technological product that the world has never seen before.
• Growing. Like your child, watching your startup grow brings pleasure and satisfaction as you observe its development and successes.
• Growing Pains. Growing your business/baby isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact, it is harder than you initially thought it would be. All around you are surrounded and encompassed by a myriad of stories about how hard it was. Nevertheless, it is inconceivable to grasp its genuine toughness until you do it yourself.
• Constant Attention. It needs constant treatment even if it “cries’” in the middle of the night or on weekends, you are still held responsible and need to take care of it. Whether it’s diaper rash or a server crashing, you need to be there.
• Full Dependency. At least at the beginning, it is absolutely and completely dependent on you, and it takes time to bring it to the stage when it can “walk” and sustain itself with minimal guidance.
• Unconditional Love. There are days when it’s really hard. These days often come with feelings similar to regret that you even started your business — but most of the days you love it and cannot imagine your life without it. In fact, you will most likely develop a love for it and a bond that you could never have imagined fabricating in a “regular job” because to love is to lead, as to lead is to love.
• Unconditional passion and dedication. You will do everything for your baby/startup, whether it entails taking the garbage out, cleaning the floor, marketing, sales, you name it.
• Friendships And Colleagues. You find that talking to your friends and colleagues that don’t have kids/startups is more difficult as you don’t share the same experiences.
• Proud parent. You are very proud of your startup/baby when it is doing well and likewise will get severely insulted and feel personally attacked if someone says anything bad about it.
• Heritage. You start to see similarities between you and your company, and you will see your own qualities but also your faults reflected back at you through the product you create.
And lastly, through the process, you realize that it’s all worth it and it has become apparent that you would do it all over again. During the past few years as an entrepreneur in the technology industry, I learned to listen and expose myself to new opinions and perspectives, get advice from investors, advisors, work colleagues and even friends. But, at the end of the day, when it comes down to the time of decision making, it perpetually remains the founder’s call.
As founders, we are the ones who live and breathe the startup 24/7, no one can understand the business better than the founders. They are the parents of the baby — the startup — and they should make the last call. All the rest are like grandparents and are characterized for caring about the baby and can give some tips derived from their experience in life. But, when it comes down to make a decision, an individual should not compromise their own beliefs, values or their personal views on what is best for their baby.