Passion, confidence and commitment are hallmarks of entrepreneurship. Most often, this means pursuing your startup 24/7… and jobs get in the way of that. Of course, quitting your job to pursue your startup is not a litmus test of a true entrepreneur nor a true startup… but it’s definitely a leading indicator of commitment. If you haven’t quit your job at Microsoft or Boeing or Amazon in order to pursue your startup then you may not be ready for Startup Haven. That said, you may be extraordinarily passionate and confident about your startup idea but still need to support yourself (or your family) financially. That’s totally understandable. But if you haven’t yet turned your passion into something that most entrepreneurs would recognize as impressive commitment to a viable startup… then Startup Haven may not be a good fit for you.
What’s “impressive” and what’s “viable”? In a nutshell, something that a room full of serious, committed, full time entrepreneurs who are making huge sacrifices would recognize as kicking ass and taking names. To be clear, that’s a high standard to meet. And just because you’ve been working on our ‘nights and weekends’ project for three years doesn’t mean you have something impressive or viable. We all hope you do someday and one of the ways you’ll know that is that you’ve quit your job to pursue it full time. And yes, the bar is set higher for you if you’re not working at your startup full time.
If this doesn’t sound like where you are then you may want to wait to join Startup Haven. We’ll be here when you’re ready.