3 thoughts on “Mojito Island”

  1. Superb post. When I was first “interviewed” for CreativeHQ I remember saying “You spend a lot of time at work, I intend to enjoy it”. It’s still true.

    And, like you say, sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope … and I miss not being able to work on the things I want to work on, and not being able to change those aspects of the world I want to change. But I’m also enjoying being part of a bigger team, working on *great* stuff with the very highest expectations of quality and not having to stress about raising cash or dropping my family into a financial pit.

    (startups are for the young, discuss)

    Great post.

    1. I can argue this either way, I think.

      It’s definitely true that younger people are cheaper and more able to commit the time and effort that is required to get some ventures off the ground, and with the necessary naivety. Plus, there is a lot to be said for being pre-mortgage. A group of hungry kids with a laptop can achieve a lot – often more than a massive company.

      On the other hand, a bit of experience can be pretty bloody useful. As I said in one of these posts, the hard part with most tech ventures, it seems, is getting your head around a repeatable sales process. Age can be one of the factors that makes it more difficult to be taken seriously by potential customers.

      From an investors perspective what is important is scrappy execution. I’m not sure that is reserved for a specific age group.

  2. The difference between pre-mortgage (and I use that hyphen only because you did and in the knowledge that SM doesn’t believe in them) and post-mortgage is that post-mortgagees, like me, actually think about their next meal before they are hungry.

    I’m not exactly sure what you mean by scrappy execution but I do know that age is certainly no barrier.

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