I’ve got to be honest. It’s only been a few hours since I saw the first Facebook/WhatsApp acquisition headline and I’m already sick of it.
The truth is, I haven’t even read any of the articles yet, just the headlines. I don’t need to read them, I get it … WhatsApp started from nothing, has a small team, worked tirelessly, probably raised a less than significant amount of money … yadda yadda yadda. It’s a Cinderella story, I get it.
I know I sound bitter, and I kind of am. But really, I’m just jealous as hell.
I’m not going to read the stories because I don’t want to feel mediocre. I wish the whole thing would just disappear like a fart in the wind.
“This is good news for all startups.” – It’s plausable, but I say fuck that noise.
I’m a born and raised thoroughbred entrepreneur. I’m competitive as hell. So yes, it bothers me when I’m not the one winning. I’m certainly not going to celebrate someone else’s victory.
I don’t think Peyton Manning was sitting front row at Seattle’s victory parade, high-fiving Russell Wilson, saying it was good for the sport they won. I’m sure he was checked out, which is ok. We accept that as normal for athletes.
Why are founders held to a different standard?
While we’re not all competing for the same prize, we are all competing for success. It’s binary, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for us, there are only a few spots at the podium.
So forgive me for not blowing streamers on Twitter. I’m keeping my party favors for my own victory dance.