Fourteen years ago the dot-com crash had just finished and I went to my professor asking for $20k. He obliged, I started recruiting classmates as summer interns, and sought out my college advisor to take a leave of absence even though I was only 2.5 credits away from graduating. In hindsight, I was a little crazy, yet completely determined to succeed.
Jason Lemkin likes entrepreneurs that are a little crazy, in a good way:
Here are a few ideas to evaluate if an entrepreneur is a little crazy:
- When they talk, is there a glint in their eye that what they’re pitching might actually happen?
- Is there a feeling of determination that they’ll walk through walls to be successful?
- Are they blissfully ignorant to the challenges ahead while levelheaded otherwise?
- Do you get the feeling that it’s not a matter of if they’ll be successful, but rather when and at what scale?
After thinking about it, I agree that some of the best entrepreneurs are a little crazy, in a good way. Creating something from nothing is incredibly difficult, and entrepreneurs that are a little crazy are more likely to succeed.
What else? What are some other thoughts that entrepreneurs are a little crazy?