I’ve tried to do my homework. For 11 months, I’ve listened/watched as many podcasts as I could fit into my rides to/from work, grass mowing sessions, and morning jogs… highlighted by those featuring Chris Sacca, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, Evan Williams, Kevin Rose, Tim Ferriss, Phillip Rosedale, T.W.I.S.T., etc. etc. I also read Zero to One, Inventing the Future, and just started Welch’s Winning (book on tape).
Though, some of my most memorable and entertaining takeaways are from the podcast StartUp (Gimlet Media). Two days ago, Friday, I gave an investment pitch to a family friend in Evansville, my hometown. Not a great result. I’m confident my pitch was decent – far better than Alex’s in Season 1, Episode 1 – but I didn’t connect. I got the “it’s not you, it’s me” rejection. Fortunately, I landed an investor while home – somewhat unexepectedly – so the trip turned out okay.
My point is, thank you Alex Blumberg…. and other founders who teach persistence in the first person. You’ve helped Friday feel like a small bump rather than getting dumped by my highschool girlfriend.