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:

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.