And he tweeted about it.
— Andy Cutler (@andypvd) November 12, 2013
Ulp. I guess that means we’ve launched.
This is significant because … well … we launched. We aren’t ready, but we launched. This blog wasn’t in place, the Facebook page wasn’t in place. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’d tell you what’s on the backlog, but to be honest, even the backlog isn’t in place! But even so, we’ve launched and you can SIGN UP TODAY.
It’s significant because it wasn’t me that pushed the launch button. It was… One. Of. Us. Someone in the Founders Anonymous network decided that it was time to tell the world. We’re a network. I’ll just let that sink in for a bit.
But mostly it’s significant because it was announced by someone that, even though I barely knew him, was there to listen to me when I was going through some dark times And whilst he’s a great guy in that regard, Andy’s not unique. I’ve spoken with many people around the world over the past few weeks, and *each and every person* has said “Dave – if you need to talk, I’m there for you”. Every single one.
In the crazy world of startups, where we define ourselves in such terms as Market Validation and Traction, and a mass of other metrics, that’s quite significant. In a diverse set of our TAM I experienced a 100% success rate. I expect that’ll drop in the coming weeks – it’s inevitable. But honestly, I don’t expect it to drop that much, because I believe that Founders are pretty exceptional people.
We set out to change the world, and no-one said it would be easy. But none of us truly realised how hard it would be. Some times we need step off the rollercoaster and have a coffee with people that understand the challenges we’re facing. Occasionally though, we go through dark times. We really need to talk, and experience the utter loneliness of having nowhere to turn.
In both cases, that’s where Founders Anonymous comes in. If you need to talk, we’re here for you. And if you’re like Andy, believe in “paying it forwards”, or can simply can be described as a Mensch, we’re there to let you listen. You don’t need to be in crisis, you just need to be willing to listen, or have a desire to talk.
So, whilst we’re not ready to launch, we’ve all been ready to listen, and some of us have needed to talk. If you’re a founder, and this sounds like something for you, we’re here. If you know a founder that could use this, we’re here for them too.
To paraphrase the Bard,
The quality of compassion is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
So, now we’ve launched, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thanks to Andy for listening to me, thanks to Andy for deciding we should launch, and thanks to you for being part of the startup community.