Startups are like Elephants

I worked hard on a startup and it failed, like every other failed startup I learned my lesson, analyzed what went wrong and then I put myself into recovery mode to get ready for a new adventure. It took a lot of discussions, long walks, a ton of coffee, reading about successful people, working out at gym and some times even listening to the sad country music. Finally I made a full recovery out of it and now I have already started a new journey with a new startup. I will write about my new startup in the future.

lets get back to the topic. Last night watching a documentary about elephants on TV I asked myself can I keep an elephant as a pet and my brain without even thinking for a second said NO. Some where in-between these thoughts I started thinking about my startup life and then soon I started comparing elephants with startups and I came up with a comparison which I thought would be worth sharing.

Disclaimer: I don’t know much about elephants my knowledge is limited to a couple of documentaries I saw about elephants. First time when I saw a live elephant was in a zoo in Denver and he was not in a good mood and was walking around in a full boner situation. I would compare that with one of our demo days when we were on the stage presenting our Idea for the first time to general audience and our music system went down. Now you might ask whats wrong with an elephant in a boner situation ? Absolutely, there is nothing wrong with a music system going down on demo day.

Lets start our comparison.

Owning an Elephant.

People get excited when they see Elephants.

Elephants are social

Is that all really bad to keep an elephant ?

What happens when an elephant dies?

Any word of advice about elephants?

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MS in CS | MS in IS | Start Up Founder |Boomtown Alumni. I am always doing something in the hope that answers will follow.

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Naveed Ahmad

MS in CS | MS in IS | Start Up Founder |Boomtown Alumni. I am always doing something in the hope that answers will follow.