Startups: Bands for Hackers
Growing up as a young musician in suburbia, I fantasized about being in a band: playing music in front of thousands of people, signing a record contract, enjoying the successes (and excesses) of stardom and celebrity. As I grew older, I began to realize how difficult it would be to achieve that goal.
Years later, as I started university and was accepted into VeloCity,
Waterloo’s startup incubator, I noticed a lot of familiar dreams. Although their domains are vastly different, startups are just bands for hackers.
Like many bands, many startups begin in parents’ garages - serious business in a non-serious atmosphere. Founders (or band members) spend every waking moment together, working hard to perfect their craft and their endeavour. While bands work to perfect their lyrics, melodies and rhythms, startups work to perfect their pitch, product and business plan. Instead of fans...
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