Our founding team is very potent. We have a long history of working in the trenches together, and all three of us are experts in our respective fields.
There is only a 10% overlap of what we do in terms of our day-to-day roles, so we each have our focus areas, which makes us highly productive and grants us a diverse set of specialties.
Yet, since we’ve known each other so long we are natural teammates, trust one another, and collaborate incredibly well… It’s all heart and no ego.
Being an entrepreneur certainly requires a lot of risk-taking. I like to look at a lesson that I learned from Stoicism, which recommends that you envision the worst-case scenario and get comfortable with that. Then, when you’re comfortable with the worst actually happening, anything is better than that, so it’s actually an uphill battle wherever everything gets easier. With that mindset, it is much easier to dive headfirst into the unknown.
I think one of the most overlooked things for founders and entrepreneurs is physical exercise. It’s so important that I actually think VC’s should mandate it for founders at least twice per week. It gives you the energy you need, lowers stress levels, and makes sure you have time to disconnect and take care of your body. It’s essential to prevent burnout and gives you the stamina to keep fighting the good fight as an entrepreneur.
I’ve got two. The First one is The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. Ben gives a great account of the things that can happen along the way, how to overcome them, and what it takes to be successful in an entrepreneurial journey.
The other is actually a YouTube video of Elon Musk giving a tour of the Starbase. He talks through one of the most complex operations on the planet and boils it down to something simple and understandable. It helps you think about your own work in a simple way.
As hard as it may be, when you get a compliment, just smile, say thank you, and shut up.