the startup space, building great relationships is nearly as important as creating smart new products. And as many would tell you, forging a strong bond with your investor is the most important of them all.
While I may not subscribe to the entire premise of that notion,
One can’t deny that investors are indeed quite instrumental to the journey of a startup founder.
In fact, I sometimes feel that their relationship mirrors the highs and lows of Calvin and Hobbes, my favorite comic strip characters…
Calvin, a little boy, voices the naiveté of a passionate founder, and
Hobbes, the tiger, plays the wise old investor, never to be found without a philosophical quip or two.
Sometimes existential, sometimes playful, the two run into frequent conflicts. At the end of it all, however, there is always a lesson to be learned.
Entrepreneurs typically start out just like any other layman, going to schools and colleges, and training for a conventional career. In fact, before starting out with an innovative new business, many of them even work in day jobs. While many of these jobs are often dreary in their monotony, they are usually enough to sustain affluent lifestyles and get them through life.
But, for some restlessly ambitious men and women, this is hardly enough. They are not happy with a job that just pays the bills, they want more.