Some times you have to fight for what you want

Starting your own company can be tough.  Many an article has been written about how it is not for the feint of heart.  The past few days have proven that for us.

Our company CTO called me yesterday and said that I had “re-kindled the face-to-face business networking movement”.  While there have been some companies launching in this space it seems that after our launch in November of last year that more and more are joining the fray.

Just this weekend I watched as someone tried to present our company as their idea under a different name.  Then Monday another company, this one out of Silicon Valley, got covered by TechCrunch for launching in Silicon Valley.  I suppose since we aren’t in the normal start-up communities we weren’t good enough to be covered when we became live.

Both companies are trying to do something similar to GoGrabLunch albeit through small variations in functionality.  As the creator of GoGrabLunch I haven’t taken any of this lying down.  In fact I have made it a point to make people aware of our existence prior to many of our competitors.  Granted on some occasions I have gone about it nicer than others.

My point is some times you have to be scrappy.  If you won’t fight for your idea then who will.

So I am curious: who else has experienced these type of struggles and how have you combated them?


About Jonathan Patrick connects like-minded business professionals over face to face, one on one appointments based on each member's preferences.

Posted on February 2, 2011, in Timelime and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. In 1984, I organized a Personal Computer Expo in Wichita on behalf of the local chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (aerospace engineer professional association). It was one of the earliest PC shows in the country, and very successful. In 1985 a couple of guys copied our successful format in a for-profit PC show.

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