To hell with ’em

It would appear that even the West Coast has a “good old boys” mentality.

As some of you know a company launched (after us) out of Silicon Valley that is similar to our concept. The main differences is that they match you for networking lunches and they are only in one city for now. We on the other hand let you pick for connections based on your own preferences and while it’s a minor detail we are in 39 countries. Oh yeah that’s 358 cities to their 1. Close enough.

What cracks me up is two of the major tech blogs, Mashable and TechCrunch, have not covered our story but have covered them. I suppose our little startup in Knoxville, Tennessee isn’t noteworthy enough.

Earlier today I was talking to a group of entrepreneurs and the phrase “your baby is ugly” was used. The point was that in the start-up world you had better have tough skin because the majority of people, including investors, are going to tell you that your baby is ugly.

My answer…to hell with ’em. Let’s see what they say when we sell.


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Posted on February 10, 2011, in Promotions and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Geoffrey Simpson

    What we are dealing with are business plans and models that are location agnostic. As you know, my startup is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is not quite silicon valley either. We have a very small community of startups here probably just like you have startup in Knoxville.

    The advantage that we have is that our communities are focused on seeing successes arise out of them. People in Oklahoma want to see us succeed, and want to prove a point that it can be done outside of California. I have a feeling that you have the same kind of support from your city and state.

    The disadvantage is that the ecosystems that we live in are not well honed for getting startups running, meaning there is not a template of services setup when you need them. Finding graphic designers, CPAs, Lawyers, Business advisors who are familiar with startups is extremely difficult and time consuming. They are more cookie cutter in Silicon Valley.

    But what is the same everywhere is that no one wants your business to succeed more than you do. I believe in my startup as much as you believe in yours. Hold on to that feeling. I need to hear about your successes because it encourages me, and I hope my successes inspire you in the same way.

    Keep at it, we want you to succeed.

    • Thanks for the comments. I had thought that through that you might be experiencing this same issues. I appreciate your interest in our success, we certainly want to see you guys continue to succeed as well. Look forward to talking to you again soon.

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