I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m a sucker for someone who bucks tradition and tries something unconventional and new.
In my opinion, there are far too many people who look and act alike in this world. I’m a big believer in that if you want to make your mark, you need to be bold. You need to take a left when everyone else is going right.
Yes, that sometimes means that your approach will lead to a dead end or, worse yet, a disaster. But what the hell, at least you went out in style.
In the hyper-competitive world of startups, this has never been more important. The belief in Silicon Valley is that there are no points for second place. But actually, that’s not true. There are plenty of points for second place; it’s just that nobody seems to want them–especially VCs.
And, who am I to blame them? The difference between first and second place can be enormous. Look no further than Uber and Lyft, with a delta in market value in the 10s of billions of dollars. That’s billions, with a “B.”
If you’re a startup founder looking to raise money, you undoubtedly need to be bold. You need to show VC’s that you have the conviction and chutzpah to come across the finish line with a first place ribbon.