Last week, my fellow Venturebent writer Nick Gavronsky wrote about how critical it is for startups to create their own unique culture and the various ways the initial leadership team can do so. Part of what goes into the cultivation of this culture is the intrinsic ethos that entrepreneurs and management teams themselves bring to the table. Oftentimes, the primary component of this ethos is dogged determination, the notion that even if no one believes in your idea, you and your team do — and that is all that matters on Day 1.
Over the last several months, as I’ve gotten to know numerous young entrepreneurs in NYC, I have found this stubborn persistence in every person I’ve met. This attitude was perfectly encapsulated in a recent post by Reece Pacheco, one of the entrepreneurs I’ve gotten to know. After raising a round of funding for Shelby.tv, Reece reiterates the importance of a key mantra: expect nothing, earn everything. This attitude is one I’ve adopted during my efforts to break into NYC’s tech scene, and I’ve also seen it in all the guys on our Venturebent roster as well as others entrenched in the NYC tech scene whether they’ve taken the plunge of starting a company or not.
Alex Taub recently tweeted that he has a circle on Google+ called “Young and Hungry Tech,” a phrase which epitomizes Venturebent’s mission as well as the best part about the NYC tech community. As this tech wave continues, I have no doubt that NYC’s startup scene and the guys I write with on Venturebent won’t get full on current successes, but rather will look to feast on future endeavors.