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The Realities of a Startup Company

startuplifeWhen you look at the Facebook, Instagram and Apple’s of the world, it absolutely seems like a possibility to work for a startup and make huge money fast and move on. The reality isn’t quite that, failure rates are high and more often than not people give up a lot to work for or start their own company. That’s just a fact.

“I want that Aston Martin, I want that glamour lifestyle and I want to be a part of the new startup trend that everyone seems to be working on.” That is the single most common reasons I get from people who tell me ‘I want to start a company’ or ‘I want to work for a startup’. It drives me nuts. First of all, if that’s the case you definitely want it for all the wrong reasons (I’ll describe the realities in a second). To add to that though, you’ll likely have to give up your current lifestyle to work for a startup. You have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

I’ve worked for startups my entire career so far and I’ve even started my own. Here’s my realities.

    Even when you’re not working (which is likely for you to get some sleep… or eat …. or see your wife ….etc.) you’re thinking about your startup. It’s your baby. Even if you aren’t the owner, chances are you feel that invested in it anyway and really want to see it go somewhere. Again, its all you think about every morning, noon, evening and night. Your friends will start to think you are just annoying and your family will want to move out if they hear you utter your startup name one more time (lol). But hey, you have to be prepared to be okay with that. It’s what you are signing up for!
    You’re never going to just ‘get lucky’ with a startup. That doesn’t seem to exist. What you will have is luck if you prepare and if you work hard. You absolutely need to make sure you’re 100% prepared for anything and you need to work your butt off to prepare for all those things. If that’s the case, seriously … you will have amazing luck. How could you not?
    One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people cant.” I just love this, it’s so true. Sell the house, give up the car and live off raman noodles for a long while. That’s what I was prepared to do for these startups. Now, I’m not saying that will be the case for everyone, maybe you’re financially stable before moving into startup mode but nevertheless, you’ll be taking a pay cut and likely scaling back monthly expenses somehow.
    Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could just give you the blueprint to success? In bigger companies generally you have a little guidance and you know what is expected of you to move up in your career and easily know how to surpass those expectations. With a startup, there’s no right or wrong answer ever. There’s no one telling you what to do and how to do it. It’s all on you. Its an amazing feeling but it certainly adds the pressure, stress and time when you make the wrong decision or decide to go down the wrong path. You can’t let yourself be discouraged, you really have to just get up and, in the words of Jay-Z ‘dust your shoulders off’ and keep going. Time after time.

I make it seem like startups are the worst thing in the world, but the truth is that these challenges are what make entrepreneurship so great. Decide you want it more than you are afraid of putting in the effort, and go for it.

By the way… here are a few entrepreneurship quotes that I love

“What is not started will never get finished”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou

“The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning – to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”
– Guy Kawasaki

“Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
– Jim Rohn

Micron Pop Video, HD Video Projector for iPhones and iPods

Micron Technology has just added the Pop Video to its portfolio of offerings. The Micron Pop Video is a pico projector designed for the iPod Touch and iPhone.

Micron, a company known for manufacturing of flash memory, their new projector delivers dock connector of 30 pins that will turn your iPod touch or iPhone into a portable projector and share videos, photos and other content with friends.

As a projector, the Micron Pop Video is based on LCoS technology and a f ource LED light and is capable of projecting a video resolution of 960 x 540 QHD.

The Micron Pop Video allows duplication of iPod touch or iPhone, so you can project videos on iTunes, browse the Internet, Facebook, YouTube, and more on the wall through the free Pop Video. This projector for the iPhone has a built-in rechargeable battery that delivers up to 2 hours of continuous use.

The price of Micron’s Pop Video is so only 76 euros.

The Gigabyte P2542G

Gigabyte has just added the Gigabyte P2542G to its line of gaming notebooks. This powerful laptop is based on the platform Intel Ivy Bridge and brings a 15.6-inch screen with full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The heart of this device is a quad-core Core i7-3610QM with clock speed of 2.3 GHz that reaches 3.3GHz Turbo Boost mode. It offers up to 8GB of RAM and 750GB hard drive (7200 rpm) and optional SSD.

The Gigabyte P2542G has a graphics card GeForce GTX 660 with 2 GB of dedicated memory, Blu-ray, 1.3 megapixel webcam, a 6-cell battery and media card reader SD / MMC / MS / MS Pro.

In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, D-Sub, and combo eSATA / USB.

The price of Gigabyte P2542G starts at about 845 euros.

HP Envy Spectre XT

Besides the HP Pavilion M6 model, Hewlett-Packard has introduced another notebook powered by the new Intel platform Ivy Bridge. This is the HP Envy Spectre XT , a laptop that is manufactured with high quality and an all-metal design, with sharper lines and smooth texture.

The heart of this device is a 3rd generation processor Ivy Bridge paired with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB SSD. It incorporates a 13.3 inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and Beats Audio speakers.

In terms of connectivity, it has Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. Its battery allows up to 8 hours of continuous use.

In addition, the laptop brings Intel’s Smart Connect that automatically updates emails, even when the notebook is in sleep mode.
HP will begin selling the Envy Spectre XT on June 8 at a price equivalent to about 769 euros.

The HP Pavilion M6

Hewlett-Packard has officially announced a new laptop called HP Pavilion M6, a device that offers an optimal balance of mobility, performance and multimedia capabilities.

With an ultra slim design in brushed aluminum , the HP Pavilion M6 has an AMD processor or Intel Core 3rd generation Ivy Bridge.

This laptop features a 15.6-inch BrightView display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and discrete graphics card. It is equipped with Wi-Fi, optical drive, HD webcam with TrueVision support, backlit keyboard (optional), and four USB ports, HDMI and D-Sub.

For audio quality, the M6 offers HP Beats Audio technology. Its battery allows up to 8 hours of continuous use. Hewlett-Packard will begin selling the HP Pavilion M6 in June. Pricing has not been announced yet.

Acer Aspire One 725

This netbook Acer recently launched has an excellent screen and is a good alternative to eliminate this trend of talking to the experts. The ultra small netbooks are still sold and are chosen by many around the world. Therefore, the Acer Aspire One 725 is an exciting proposition for those still choosing to have a netbook over another team.

The design and details are amazing, but what is most striking is the resolution of the screen, which is 1366 X 768 pixels, a figure that is high for a netbook. The panel size is 11.6 inches diagonally,which is one of the best you can find today. On the other hand, it weighs only 1.2 kg, less than a tablet but light enough to go anywhere all day without problems.