While that of course is a total bummer, the whole process did allow us to revisit the whole project, look at it with fresh eyes and come up with some new perspectives and ideas, which I think has generally strenghtened the project. It also allowed us to try a few new things and approaches that will serve us very well going forward from here.
This is just to say that when you put yourself into play, even if you hit the wall, there is an opportunity to reflect and learn that will ultimately get you to the other side in a better and stronger shape.
A couple of weeks ago we applied (late) for Y Combinator with FIXDIT, our take on making the market work for homeowners and contractors again.
I participated in Y Combinators Startup School this winter, and upon graduation, I got an email saying that since we were among the 10% participants in the school that continually got the most positive feedback from our peers, they recommended that we apply for the real program even though the deadline for submissions had officially passed.
So we did. It was a hectic weekend with the team, but we submitted, and now we’re crossing our fingers that we will make the cut for this summers programme, even if it is going to be a bit different (probably mostly remote) than normally. There is no time like crisis time to give fresh ideas on known problems a decent spin.
This week I joined the Y Combinator Startup School programme. The first lessons have been completed, and yesterday evening we had our first group session with other early stage startup-projects. And what fun it was.
It is a truly great programme that the Startup School has created. The curriculum is pretty ambitious and advanced, and the speakers give you confidence that they know what this is about, and that if you follow their lead and let yourself inspire, you will move towards a really good place (if you put in the necessary work yourself, of course).
The group session is also great. Because it gives you two things that you shouldn’t underestimate: It gives you somebody to be accountable too; i.e. what have you done the last week, what are you doing the next, how are your metrics etc. And it gives you the opportunity to practice pitching your story and see if people get it and choose your product to want to join, if they had to pick just one.
From that angle, first session went really well; all the others chose the project, I am participating with. So naturally, I am quite pumped.
The 8 week programme is for aspiring entrepreneurs or people who have already embarked on the journey. And I have enlisted to both learn, reflect and just plain see, what it is that the worlds leading accelerator wants to put founders through in order to be able to create a successful startup.
I will be monitoring my progress and share here as time and purpose permits. I am not expecting too much, but I think it will be an interesting experience. And something everybody looking to create a startup should consider putting themselves through. If for nothing else then just for gaining the respect for what is actually needed to succeed (hint: it is about much more than ability to build a product).