On Thursday Facebook had the third-largest I.P.O. ever. In the week leading up it, my colleague Amanda Cox spent some time thinking how to best explain and contextualize this offering to readers. What follows is a series of sketches from Amanda, who shared her project folder with me for this…
The “Me, Too” Startup Syndrome
Twas the night before YC deadline, when all through the valley
Creatures were stirring with excitement for the big night in Cali
Thousands of applications were typed with care
In hopes that the golden ticket will soon be there
And a few girlfriends slept alone in their beds
While visions of exits danced in their boyfriends’ heads
when out of the blues my iPhone lets out a loud ring
It was an old friend I was meeting that night for a drink...
I think there’s something messed up about the startup culture in the USA. The belief is that you have to work 6-7 days a week and spend all your mental cycles on your company. Nothing but pledging your soul to your startup yields success, right?
Not in my experience.
We work a 4-day week at …