I’ve always had an entrepreneur’s chip on my shoulder — a sense of inferiority to other tech entrepreneurs.
I’m not based in Silicon Valley.
I failed at raising venture capital.
I was rejected by the prominent tech center in town.
Only, the constant rejection by the “superior way” fueled my motivation even more.
It can be done anywhere.
It doesn’t require venture capital.
It doesn’t need approval by the community.
Entrepreneurship is hard. The failure rate is high. Yet, success happened.
Perhaps it was the team. Perhaps it was the market. Perhaps it was timing. Likely, it was all three.
In reality, we’re all making it up as we go. The best we can do is look to learnings from those that have gone before us. We learn, we grow, we encounter new challenges — the cycle never stops.
Use the chip as fuel. Find the inner motivation. Make it happen.