Sometimes you love them. You can’t get enough of them. You wake up Monday morning and can’t believe how lucky you are to have them.
Sometimes you hate them. They take and they take and they take until you feel like you have nothing more to give.
Sometimes you make new ones. And sometimes they die.
There are many ways for startups to die. Acquisitions, no matter the price (aQuantive for $6.2B), acqui-hires, too much money (ahem, color), too little money. But most of the time it’s because, to quote Chris Dixon:
The default state of the world is to stay the way it is, which means the default state of a startup is failure.
My mind is whirling this evening around this subject as Mick, a friend of mine and fellow entrepreneur (although a more successful one), is turning off a product he and his world-class team have been building for the last year and a half.
Now the team is nowhere near wrapped up, but their product, Undrip, is. Undrip has been for me a place I go when my Twitter and Facebook feeds are boring and overly noisy. They developed an algorithm that sifted through my feeds and helped me discover, truly, the best of my web. Not just the web at large, but the web that I wanted to know. My little corner of the web. And Undrip made my little corner that much more cozy and familiar.
I opened up my cozy little corner today, the Undrip app, and I was shown a message that I knew was coming, but was not ready for, the message saying that the team was shutting the app down to work on a new and exciting project.
But, again, I say that startups are like friends and when they die it hurts. My cozy corner is once again the noisy circus is was before. And maybe I’m partially to blame. Maybe I could have used the app more. Maybe I could have told more of my friends about it. Maybe I… well, I guess none of that matters now.
What matters most is that my dear friends at the Undrip office, and all would be world-changers, can hear me say thanks! Thanks for making my life that much easier, if only for a while. Thanks for caring. Thanks for the long hours and the weekends. Thanks for the sweat and the blood, yes, the blood, for who would doubt the wounds these startups inflict.
There are, probably, too many startups out there. Heck, I’m one of them. But tonight there’s one too few in my heart.
So, guys, girls, entrepreneurs, would-be world-changers, I think I speak for everyone when I say I can’t wait to see what is coming next! Knowing you, it’ll blow us all away.