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Day 13 of 45: Smug and Soulless VCs

10.04am. I can’t believe I have made an offer to sell the company. I have worked on this for 8 years! Selling it is a big deal. I’m not sure it’s even a good idea. Perhaps I’d rather go broke and it should wind down than sell it on.

On the other hand, maybe this is just a natural development. Like a child growing up and leaving home. 

We finally came to a valuation price that is a bit high, but fuck it. Let’s see what they say. If they said yes… it would be incredible (realizing I’m contradicting myself already). But they could easily say no. They might not even be interested. Time will tell, and we’ll know very soon.


On Friday we had another presentation with a huge global fund. I was told by my side kick that it was my best presentation to date. I was very aggressive. I spoke the company up on every level. I had an answer for everything.

But these guys were smug. It annoyed me. 

Firstly, they came along late. I hate that. No excuse not to be punctual. It’s just rude.

Secondly the whole time I was making my wizzy Prezi presentation, the main guy we were speaking to, spent most of his time with his head down tapping on his IPad. 

We had a pretty good idea these guys were not interested before we went in and hence why I was aggressive in my presentation style.  I wanted to grab their attention. But even still, they could have been polite, showed interest for 20 minutes, and made a suggestion or two to us. 

One thing I’ve learned in recent years, is that whenever anyone shows you something, or comes looking for advice – be nice to them, give them your thoughts. Give suggestions. Perhaps even suggest another person for them to meet. It’s good karma.

But these people were utterly soulless and smug. I feel sorry for them. Who needs money which such attitudes?

Big week on the cards.

John Startup


Day 9 of 45: Can I have some more please?

11.19pm. Sitting in bed waiting for our websites backend to work. It’s been iffy over the last few weeks, and as I’ve said before… our programmer is a pain in the ass and impossible to reach. If we manage to get another round of financing… we will be looking for someone new.

As I write this, I’m listening to a website called Rainymood. It’s chilled out. Recently also discovered Calm.com. It’s from the kid that created The Million Dollar Homepage. Now that was bloody genius.

I’ve been doing a lot of listening recently. In the gym I have been listening to the audiobook of the legendary football manager Alex Ferguson. So much wisdom to gleam from that in terms of wheeling and dealing, motivating others around you, managing yourself.

I’m full of top tips today.

Spent a lot of the day tearing up my Prezi presentation and starting from scratch. Again. Feels a bit like ironing. I go over it once, and then again to remove the creases. Back and forth, back and forth. It’s looks much better. If only I had more time, I could end up with a job at Pixar due to my newly learned wizardry.

Ironically, as the time ticks perilously down, my brain is moving quicker at analyzing the state of the industry I’m in. I’m seeing how broken it is from many perspectives.

I want to kick up a fuss about it all, and lay down my own rules to the game. So passionate am I, that I actually contacted a journalist last week with some of my grievances with the industries top dog. He wrote back today to me very enthusiastic to write an article. Even though it would be good and possibly great publicity, I chickened out. Don’t want to ruffle the feathers too much.

That’s pretty pathetic of me. I love ruffling feathers, but I would annoy everyone working with me, and all our existing investors. The the industries top dog…could kill us with a flick. But with a month to go… who cares?

That’s the problem with being beholden to others,  you need to consider them.

We have a right to be in this game, but all the chips are being held by the people at the top table. They are just playing roulette however. Gotta love this gambling metaphor.

Tomorrows meeting is with one of those players. I feel like Oliver looking up meekly… “Can I have some more please?” I don’t know why the top players might be serving dodgy food at a roulette table… but you get the idea.

I’m going mad, and I think my site is fully on the blink now.

John Startup

P.S. Nice to be featured in this blog post. Just who am I? 🙂

Day 7 of 45: Too tired to go on

1.32am. Been up all evening trying to finish this Prezi presentation for my rehearsal presentation tomorrow. Fuck it. Can’t go on. Body tired. Must sleep. Might squeeze some touches in in the morning.

I haven’t even rehearsed what I’m going to say. Decent visuals are only half the battle.

Doing this presentation, it gave me the opportunity to look at our statistics again in a different light. Since the beginning of the year to now, and comparing them to the same period last year – our web traffic is up 60%. Our page views are up 70%. It represents some kind of progress.

Now to sell the bloody thing.


John Startup

Day 5 of 45: Unknown Unknowns

7.43pm. So I’ve decided to make Fridays ‘rehearsal’ presentation big and ballsy. I want to go in, and reignite our current investors view on what we do. Get them to see the big picture. While what we do is a little un-understandable… I need to get them to see that the unknown future is exciting, and that we are important in that future.

That sounds a bit Donald Rumsfeldy

So with that I spent most of the day trying to figure out how to use a presentation site called Prezi. We already have a good deck… but I need to take it a different direction. I want to create a slide deck that is more esoteric and at the same time straight to the point. I know what your thinking… THIS GUY IS LOST….

The interesting thing is, I’ve actually become quite excited learning Prezi. I mean, at times it’s been infuriating, but slowly but surely I have come to get it and it’s potential. I’ve been hooked in all day on it like a little art project.

I’ve wiped the slate clean a few times. It’s blank at the moment. All I really have now is the knowledge of how to use the bloody thing. Times not on my side, and this is probably not the best way to be utilizing it right now. So I’ll need to accept it might take a late nighter to get the presentation I want out of it.

My mind is flat now though. 

I ended up caving last night and having a few beers. So it’s to the gym… and perhaps a few beers late into the night trying to crack this.

John Startup

BTW if interested, this video which I saw years ago, is what I want to get towards. Took me ages to find today.