“Velocity, not speed.” — Siqi Chen
There is a funny misconception that exists in the general public about building big companies. They see something like Instagram, which sold for a billion dollars, and think: The path from A to B(illionaire) doesn’t take that long.
Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.
I work at BuzzFeed now. That photo at top is what our office looks like today.
But this is what it looked like in 2007, in the earliest days of BuzzFeed.
Not quite as exciting, right?
I remember those types of days at Stry.us. I remember sleeping on the floor in a small apartment next to a cow pasture. I remember that when I hit the “Sleeping On A Floor In A Small Apartment Next To A Cow Pasture” point, that was actually a big milestone for Stry.us.
Good things come slowly. You build with good people. You find ways to hang in the game as long as you can.
The road is slow and long and kind of boring sometimes. If that doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, that’s okay. Building big things isn’t for everyone.
But if that sounds like something you like? Well, start as soon as you can. You’re going to need all the time you have.