While basking in the glow of the opening celebration, senior Ottawa entrepreneur and founder/CEO of Acorn Partners Peter Kemball took a moment to pull me aside and share this little nugget of wisdom. “Ian, when you start any business there are two years of darkness.” Not sure I immediately grasped the significance of what was said. However, I often find myself reflecting on these words and thinking to myself, “have been at it for xx months only yy more months of darkness to go".
James Scott, CTO at Klipfolio, a successful Ottawa start-up, came up to me after the O’Reilly Ignite Ottawa presentation and said "that two years of darkness slide really struck a chord with me, many others have shared similar sentiments." The two years isn't an absolute; maybe it’s a year, maybe it’s three; however, there is a definite period of darkness in getting going.
Tomorrow's post: The Ugly – Fear of Pain.