I’m the CEO of a one year old startup. We have a superbly good product in development, a big and hungry market with lots of hype, and we get tons of support from everyone we speak with. Everyone wants what we’ve got. Everything should be great.
But it’s not. Investors/advisors are slow to respond and act, everything has a 3-5 day processing time that slows us down, good employees are hard to find, shipments are constantly delayed/lost, paying COD’s has to be done in person at a location 20 miles away, prototype parts break faster than we can afford to replace them, a disgruntled co-founder has left and is threatening to sue unless he receives an unreasonably large payment, the biggest crowdfunding site out there has rules that are a problem for us, etc etc. The list just goes on and on.
Have you ever been in a dream where you’re trying to run fast, but it’s as if you’re stuck in slow motion? Well, that’s what it’s like. I’ve kept the team strong, and we’ve continued to find ways around all barriers and obstacles, but new roadblocks just keep popping up, and we’re behind schedule enough as it is.
Is this what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur – getting your ass kicked every day and losing sleep over things outside your immediate control? Or am I a bad CEO? Some companies just make it look so damn easy.