You know you’re not a startup if…

Guest Post by Sean Lindsay

[When asked by BostInno to define what makes a startup, Sean Lindsay (@rseanlindsay), cofounder and CTO of Sigma company Viximo, and founder of Founder Mentors, came up with the following (published originally here). More ideas welcome in the comments!]

I started brainstorming over lunch with the guys at Viximo and conceived this Jeff Foxworthy style “you might (not) be a startup” idea.  Here’s what we came up with.

  • If failure of a major effort no longer risks the survival of the company, you’re probably not a startup
  • If your founders aren’t full-access Facebook friends with every employee, you’re probably not a startup
  • If you have published “hours of operation”, you’re probably not a startup
  • If you’re buying up other revenue generating companies, you’re probably not a startup
  • If employees have to hide outside projects and interests from their boss, you’re probably not a startup
  • If you have more than 100 employees and are hiring, you’re probably not a startup
  • If you have a satellite office that is an actual office (not just a guy), you’re probably not a startup
  • If you have a believable revenue plan that demonstrates profitability, you’re probably not a startup
  • Unless every employee in your organization knows they can personally move the needle any given day, you’re probably not a startup

2 comments:

Gregg Stern said...

I like the mix of the humor with serious observation

Jason Meinzer said...

If a day goes by without somebody on your team freaking out because they can't get something done without the help of someone in the teams' network, you're probably not a startup.