Time To Startup

To all my startup friends: you inspire me.

There was a fantastic op ed this morning in the NYTimes More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

What the country needs most now is not more government stimulus, but more stimulation. We need to get millions of American kids, not just the geniuses, excited about innovation and entrepreneurship again. We need to make 2010 what Obama should have made 2009: the year of innovation, the year of making our pie bigger, the year of “Start-Up America.”

I would change it should be Startup America, because startup is a word, in my mind at least.

The people I’m around in the startup world could make a damn good run to change the world on $100,000.  The banks couldn’t give a mid level manager a bonus that low.

Reject that mentality.  I wonder if we took an ounce of that money and seeded Matt to start a bank, or perhaps not fund, but enable them to compete against those that have failed, and will continue to fail, if we just keep propping them up.

We would have a better country, that is what.

To all my startup friends: you inspire me.

TechStars 08






4 responses to “Time To Startup”

  1. Mark Solon Avatar

    Andrew, we must be on the same wavelength this week. Posted this the other day! Looking forward to being in Boulder next week with you, the best little startup town in America…

  2. jharthorne Avatar

    Couldn't agree more, which is why I recently launched a non-profit to catalyze a startup renaissance. To do so, we're launching the largest ever startup competition, in which we will identify the best startups from around the country/world and will systematically connect them with whatever resources they need to launch immediately. We're based in Massachusetts but will support any entrepreneur, with any idea, from anywhere on the planet. We'll be releasing a much more robust website within the next ~3 weeks, but you can learn more here: http://www.masschallenge.org

    All our contact info is on the site — would love to connect with you all to see how we can collaborate.

  3. andrewhyde Avatar

    Very cool project!

  4. jharthorne Avatar

    Thanks! We reposted your blog on our site: http://www.masschallenge.org/blog/

    Great to connect with like-minded folks. We work right next to Bill Warner, btw, who helped bring TechStars to Boston. Awesome organization and a very welcome arrival on the scene here. Let me know if there's anything we can do for you or your colleagues either remotely or on visits to Boston … introductions, promotion, advice on where to go … whatever. I'll stay in touch regardless.

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