Why I Couldn’t Call Myself A Startup Founder Until Now

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I have been living a lie.

For the past two years I have been trying to be a “startup founder”. But, I never felt like I deserved the title.

In fact, I would often shy away from talking about my “startups” openly with people in the community.

Instead of saying I was a founder, I would say I’m working on something. It’s a project. I’m aiming to get it off the ground.

Instead of saying I was a founder, I would say I’m working on something. It’s a project. I’m aiming to get it off the ground.


The Past

In fairness, my first project never really was much of a startup anyway. We didn’t even ship product.

The second time round I got closer.

But it still didn’t feel quite right.

I felt like I was cheating myself. The vision for my startup, an e-commerce play, became a watered down version of what I envisaged.

We did launch.

But didn’t get any traction. So I shut up shop again.

Each time I did have the intention of building a large and fast growing company. (The very definition of a startup.)

And I’m sure 99% of other people in my position would have referred to themselves as a founder. But it didn’t sit right with me.

And I’m sure 99% of other people in my position would have referred to themselves as a founder. But it didn’t sit right with me.

On reflection, perhaps it was because I have had two other successful businesses in the past. These businesses were real. They made real money, and generated real profit.

Yet these first two “startup ideas” didn’t quite feel the same. Maybe, it was the lack of revenue. Or the fact that there was nothing material to grab onto. Whatever it was, I never referred to myself as a founder.


The Present

With Task Pigeon, an online task management solution, it’s been different.

I have lived and breathed every moment of this company’s existence.

I have been actively involved in the design and development of the product. Even as a non-technical founder.

And we are less than a week away from shipping our first product (in beta).

I have lived and breathed every moment of this company’s existence.

Yes, this is only the start of our journey. And our chance of success (according to industry stats) is in the single digits. But, I finally feel like I deserve the title of “Startup Founder”.

Not because it sounds cool.

Or because I want to embrace a fake it till you make it culture.

But because I feel as though getting my company to this stage means I have earned it.

The time, effort and sacrifice I have put into it is real and so is the reward of having a product ready to go to market.


The Future

Let’s lots more to do.

So I have to get back to work.

But, the challenge now is to make sure I can preface that title of “Startup Founder” with the word “successful”.

P.S. The beta for Task Pigeon launches next week (Tuesday, 24 January 2017). This is literally your final chance to sign up for the beta. Jump over to our website and drop us your email to get invited.

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Paul Towers - Founder @ Task Pigeon

Paul Towers is a 3x Entrepreneur and Founder of Task Pigeon. Join me on my journey to build an open & transparent startup from day one. Paul is also the founder of Startup Soda, a newsletter curating the best content from the Australian startup ecosystem.

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