It’s been just over three months since I moved back to NY to work on StoryStack. The main reason for leaving India was ’cause I kept reading how the NY tech scene was exploding (and I was sick of samosas… j/k I still love samosas). So what’s it like being a first time entrepreneur in New York? Glad you asked:
- It’s a freakin’ rollercoaster - In our companies very short life we’ve had massive ups and downs. One day we’ll crush a big meeting, the next a TechCrunch article appears praising a new competitor. Feeling awesome one day and wanting to burying your head in the snow the next is apparently normal in a startup. Still getting used to it…
- The community is surprisingly really supportive – I’ve been following a bunch of internet celebrities for years, reading their tweets and blogs. In only three months of being back, I’ve met actually met a lot the big guns. I’ve been amazed at how an email introduction from a friend (and sometimes even cold) will get you a foot in the door. Each meeting invariably leads to a new introduction and another meeting.
- There are a lot of ways to meet new people - ohours.org is really amazing (great job innonate) and has helped us meet new people regularly. There’s also a bunch of incubators like TechStars (which although we were one of 30 finalists, didn’t eventually get in), and more then just co-working spaces like Dog Patch Labs, General Assembly, Makery, Hive55 and New Work City, that make life a lot easier for entrepreneurs.
- It can unfortunately be very cliquey – It’s a surprisingly small world and there are a lot of circles. There’s the companies that made it, the up and comers, the fading stars and the nobodies. Everyone seems to have an opinion on everyone else and a lot of shit talking happens around people, products and VC’s. I guess this is natural for a competitive environment but I’ve been surprised at how frequently this occurs.
- Dedication and passion trumps talent - I’m really lucky to have two awesome co-founders, who I genuinely like, and who work harder then I do. Having everyone on the team busting their ass ensures that no-one wants to be the one to drop the ball. Two out of the three of us weren’t very strong programmers when we started, but I’m sure we’ve gotten a lot more done then lazy “ninjas.”
In general, I’m really happy being back in New York and excited about our progress on StoryStack. If you want to check it out our just released third iteration, sign up on the home page or shoot me an email.
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