I haven't been straight with you. Like most entrepreneurs... I haven't told you everything. I told you why I decided to found data.world in this Lucky7 post. I told you the good part. What I didn't tell you is that I was living in fear during those first few months of getting started... being back in an office and back in the arena once again.
But why? I had started successful companies before, such as Bazaarvoice and Coremetrics. data.world was my sixth! I had a bigger network than ever before. I had more know-how than at any other point in my entrepreneurial career, including the lessons that hardened for me in writing Lucky7 over the years to help other entrepreneurs. I had spent three years in deep reflection. I had seen over 1,100 startup pitches, which really does have the effect of making new mental connections (VCs call this "pattern recognition"). I had worked behind the scenes at Austin Ventures, seeing how the VC industry really works. I had served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at both The Wharton School and U.T. Austin. I knew company culture like the back of my hand - Bazaarvoice had been rated the best place to work in Austin when it was a small, medium, and then large-size company, winning #1 in all three categories as we rapidly grew. Alongside my excellent co-founders, I had spent months researching the viability of data.world. In short, I was, rationally speaking, more prepared than I had ever been before. So why was I afraid?