There are a lot of ways to define a startup. Paul Graham defines a startup as growth.
This is how I would define it.
A startup is an interesting & brutal game. The reason why it is both interesting & brutal is that the rules of the game keep on changing. Every 2 or 3 years, almost the entire rule set will be replaced. It is even crazy to imagine playing cricket for the first 1 hour, soccer for the next 2 hours and basketball for the remaining 1 hour.
With the above definition, one can assume that playing by the same rules is a sure way to lose the game. Since no one knows when the rules of the game change, one can understand the rules only by observing the results of each round.
#meta – The above definition of a startup also changes every few years.
The answer for the above question was always “Vivek & Hari”, but not anymore.
To give an idea on from when to when we built things and now who is “actually” building the company.
From June 2009 – December 2011
From Jan 2012 – Today.
There were many other smart programmers we hired, fired/quit. They did help us grow forward, but these two guys were there with us for around 2 years now.
Couple of things I’ve learnt from them.
1. Hire people who are ready to learn and work. It doesn’t matter if they are freshers and not from IIT/NIT.
2. Once point 1 is taken care, you will be shocked that they surprise you with their work regularly. After a point you start getting used to the surprises and just start trusting them.
3. It takes at least 2 years to make a big impact in a startup. If you want build the startup and grow along with the startup, make sure you spend at least 2 years.
4. Weird that we have titles like CEO, CFO, CTO and Founders/Co-Founders, but these real “builders” don’t have a proper title. The title should clearly mention that these guys are more powerful than the founders.
A few days ago, a website (hmm, not just any website though) happened to mention my name in one of their posts.
A lot of people congratulated (for what) and some even said “You should be so proud now”. Well, to tell you the truth I wasn’t. In fact, for that matter, I don’t think I’ve ever been proud of anything except one.
I am insanely proud of the team I’ve built in Interviewstreet. I’m proud to have a fun/great working environment. I’ll say it again. I’m proud of my team here. Rest of the stuff I achieved is by luck or by the hard work of this great team.
So, if you ever want to congratulate me for anything, please do drop a mail to team at interviewstreet.com. It will reach the people it belongs to.