Successes & Failures

SEMESTER WRAPPING

Fall of 2018 has been a ride! But I am not yet in the clear. Final exams and projects due within the next two weeks and I am looking to finish strong. Working with C++ again has been a pleasure, and Discrete Mathematics turn to intersecting graph and set theories has been eye opening and amazing. My classmates are wonderful, and my instructor Beth and her assistant Kaunil are equally skilled and knowledgable. I could not have asked for a better first semester experience at CU Boulder and I am looking forward to next semester's classes in my Data Structures class and Algorithms class while exploring any and all opportunities to build cool stuff, pen consequential papers, and meet the best people in technology, past, present, and future! See you after finals!

FAILURE TO LAUNCH

The startup failed to launch. Despite our team having what I imagine was a solid proof of concept on the verge of bringing together a working, real minimum viable product to take in front of both Salesforce Ventures (!) AND Andreessen Horowitz (!!)... I had to walk away. Wait, what? Why!!!?

"Insisting on legal frameworks for your business does not mean you distrust your partners. Any partner who insists otherwise is gaslighting you."

This happened because our CEO refused to pen legal founder's documents, equity share agreements with continuation clauses, and incorporate our company to protect us individually, and collectively, as well as our work. This decision was not made lightly and the conversations I had with him that resulting in my ultimately walking away were well informed by both legal council and veteran startup experience who called b******t on every excuse that was made not to pen these standard legal instruments until after we had interested investors.

There are two resources to read up on for anybody who has a seemingly promising startup in the works. Read them. Follow the advice. Insisting on legal frameworks for your business does not mean you distrust your partners. Any partner who insists otherwise is gaslighting you. If that happens to you, it's a cause for alarm.

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