Startups Are All About Timing

Growing up, my friend neighbor-friend, Eddie, would often joke that he would to hire me for his company when we were older. We were 12 and he was always vague about the actual industry, but it seemed like it could be fun.

In high school, another friend, Peter, swore up and down that his sole goal in life was to hire me to work for him. That hasn’t happened yet, but we keep talking about it.

I somehow seemed destined to be part of (or start) a small company—or something novel like that.

Derek Powazek recently wrote an article about timing and launching his new website and makes this great point that I take to heart:
From powazek.com:

But the truth is, startups are really all about timing. Lots of people have lots of ideas every day. Ideas aren’t the hard part, timing is. Good timing won’t guarantee success, of course, but you can’t succeed without it.

I don’t know if “the right time” is the end-all, be-all. But I think it certainly goes a long way.

I also like that Derek keeps a book with ideas in it. I think I need one of those books. And a list of people I want to be on my team. I’ve gone through exercises in my head where I think about what kind of company I would start and who I might have on my team.

I think it the time is right to start writing them down.

5 Replies to “Startups Are All About Timing”

  1. I love the idea of keeping a book. Timing is very much important. I think perseverance is also a key factor because an organization takes time to grow and mature… almost always more time than you’d like.

  2. I have a million dollar idea envelope. I’m quite certain the most valuable idea in there is huge “bulk toilet paper rolls” for single dudes. And do yourself of the favor of buying a Moleskin journal… they’re designed and made better than you’re used to and you’ll find it becoming a small creative haven.

  3. One other thought. I’ve done the “huge, go-for-broke” idea, which certainly requires timing, among other things. However, it’s becoming so easy to test low-cost/commitment, hair-brained ideas that it is too fun not to try. And there’s always the risk that the “correct timing” idea turns into a fearful avoidance of risk.

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