39 thoughts on “Founders & importance of friends”

  1. I couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s not just a job, it’s a life changing journey. You find yourself over time being more distanced from those you normally would find comfort in. To me, it’s sort of like an addiction. Not many people understand why you are so addicted to this way of life, but the personal reward, the surge of excitement you get from making a change is reward in it’s own right.

    Money is simply a measurement of success. It’s not a reward.

    Richard L. Burton III

  2. Such a true post no matter which part of the world we come from. Doubly tough in India where failure is roundy ridiculed, theft is celebrated and honesty is shirked to achieve remporary needs. Such friends are truly few and far between. I can tell you that 3 years of running my own startup has lost me almost all my old and once-valued friends and made me newer more startup type friends…

  3. This post made me feel so at peace and seen. Thank you Om for this wonderful truth-telling.

  4. Om, Indeed, being a founder can be a very, very lonely existence. You can look around and wonder sometimes in high resistence times if everyone on the team really has the fire in the belly, the vision, and if you conclude they don’t, then it’s “How can I inspire them better?” Friends don’t need to be inspired…

    1. I think inspiring employees/team is very hard and only very special people can do that. I have learned that over the years and perhaps it might be a good post for me to write about.

  5. Hi Om, Love the post!

    Since you are a venture partner I Wounder if I could talk to you for like 30 min? This will mean so much for me since I need to talk to a venture partner about the new OS I have for all the devices.

  6. Beautifully put, Om. I cannot agree enough on the importance of these friends having set upon this journey myself recently. The key factor though is that they are friends who respect you for what you are trying to do and believe in you. Finding such people is easy when you’re working on something that a lot of other people are or that intuitively makes sense but it may get a bit lonely when you’re trying to do something that others don’t necessarily see automatic potential in or wouldn’t do themselves.

  7. Excellent post OM
    It can be a very lonely post as you suggest but guys like you and many others inspire me along the road

  8. Well said, Om. It is indeed key to find friends who accept you as you are and are there for you regardless of whatever adventure your life is undergoing at the current moment… and who are honest with you. Thank you for reminding us all of that – and for hosting events like the one you mention that can connect more people together. And thank you for writing about the loneliness of the journey.

  9. Great post, Om! In many ways, your co-founders serve a very similar purpose. You develop a very different kind of a friendship with your co-founders over the years – like that of two soldiers who covered for each other in the battlefield!

    1. Thanks Gaurav. I think co-founders are precisely that, though sometimes even that can be a contentious relationship.

  10. Om, as has been said, great post and thank you for sharing your experience. As a nascent founder—and someone perusing his contact list (which reminds me I haven’t used the Pipe app in some time…)—I was thinking about this just the other day. Cherish & nourish those friendships.

  11. I actually started up my company with my best friends. Sometimes it gets awkward because you argue with someone who you are going to go to go play soccer with later. However, you are never afraid to say what’s on your mind, and you are always willing to work a little harder because you know your best friends are counting on you to get it done. Someone needs to frame this line or, at the least, instagram/tweet it. “It is like riding alone on a roller coaster of hopes, dreams, delirium and the nagging fear that things might not work out.”

  12. Setting out on your own, being your own boss for the first time is truly the scariest and loneliest place in the world – don’t know what I would do without friends for support! Great story/reflection as always, Om.

  13. Om, one only appreciates that ‘light’ when you have walked this lonely road. The linked experience of startup and life are mirrors staring straight at each other – almost an endless feeling. You sharing your story, helps others, like myself, who walk that very journey but still need to find that light that shines bright…and at this point, I know those very friends you talk about, will still be there with the bottle of tequila. They walked with you, like giants.

  14. Om, great post! Finding friends who can truly empathise and share experiences with you on a start-up journey has been difficult. Even in Berlin startup eco-system, people who are building things on their own is a rare breed. One bad thing of a lot of start-up incubators and events around town is that there are so many people who are show-offs making it even more difficult to discover. But as an entrepreneur one just gotta keep walking! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Om, this is a great post – honest and accurate and all the same refreshing. Must of what you wrote is true to the dot – but what stands out for me – and for those on a journey similar to mine and yours is ‘friends’.

    I’m glad you highlighted the importance of friends and who they are in reality.

  16. Such a great post, refreshing to hear. Could not agree more. I’ve leaned on family and friends although have yet to find the types of friends mentioned here. Hopefully at some point, sure could use them.

  17. Like I always say to my co-founder: t
    We might sink and crash in flames, but is has been a hell of a ride. And i’m glad we had friends to share it with!
    Great post, Om!

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