What Garage Startups Can Learn From Garage Bands

When I was 17 years old I started a garage band. There we were, four teenagers, making noise in our parents’ houses and eventually, we found a bit of hometown success. We went from the garage to the stage playing with great artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Run-D.M.C, Tool, Hole, Primus, and Death Angel. We saved our gig money, we toured, we recorded an album. We were on the road to being rich and famous — or so we thought.

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Rebellions (and Companies) Are Built On Hope

I’ve joined Spero Ventures, Here’s Why. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since seeing the first release in theaters (that’s a long time). It was Episode IV, called A New Hope. The movie’s plot mirrors something startup founders face every day. It goes like this: Outmanned, out-weaponed, and out-sized, the Rebellion looks to have no chance of prevailing over the much larger and more established evil empire. They’re toast. But one brave action and relentless hope keeps the dream alive. Princess Leia, a leader of the Rebellion, hides information in a droid, and that risky move sets off a series of events that ultimately results in the Rebellion overcoming the evil empire. Today, we need more believers who start rebellions built on hope. What I mean by that is, we need founders who create great companies that make the world just plain better.

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