A Million Failures

Angel Investor, audio, Business Development, CEO Succession, early stage, Hawaii, Launch, startup, startup CEO, Tom Nora

About a year ago, during a speech I was giving for a Hacker News group, someone in the audience brought up the notion that “Failure Is Good”, i.e. Fail Fast, Fail Often. This is a major change in thinking from the past, due to many factors, and it makes a lot of sense. Rapid prototyping of web apps and mobile apps now means rapid prototyping of startups.

Since everything in life is becoming an app and MVP is good enough to actually attract revenue and/or funding, you can actually try something and throw it away within a few weeks. The cost for this is from $0 to $5,ooo.

The problem is when someone tries this over and over with the same result – junking it. I see a lot of this in my circles There is a price for doing this; you wer yourself out, lose credibility, waste peoples money and time, lose friends, etc.

A better option is to vastly improve your odds each time by getting smarter, refining, capitalizing on mistakes, getting help in the areas where you’re weak, have less ego and more focus on not accepting failure.

If you add up all the attempts to launch startups over the past 2-3 years by all participants, there are probably at least a million failures. Many of these were stepping stones to better things and/or a quite valuable learning process, maturity, personal growth. But over half were probably unnecessary ego bursts and fleeting ideas where deep down inside the founder knows it ain’t gonna happen but keeps going for many reasons.

Most people are very good at one thing at a time, not five so pick ONE and try that role and let as many others as possible help prevent failure number one million and one. @tomnora

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How LinkedIn Has Turned Your Resume Into A Cash Machine – Forbes

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Southern California #Angels and Their Investments

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Southern California Angels on Twitter and Facebook

Are you a southern California angel (or do you know one) who’d like to be on our list?

Click here to add an angel.

 

Jason Calacanis (Los Angeles)
http://www.twitter.com/jason
http://www.facebook.com/jcalacanis

Sample Investments:
http://www.twitter.com/backupify

http://www.twitter.com/gdgt

http://www.twitter.com/blippy

http://www.twitter.com/rapportive

http://www.twitter.com/gowalla
http://www.twitter.com/challengepost
http://www.twitter.com/chartbeat

Matt Coffin (Los Angeles)
http://www.twitter.com/mattcoffin

Sample Investments:
http://www.twitter.com/answers
http://www.twitter.com/demandmedia

http://www.twitter.com/rubiconproject
http://www.twitter.com/docstoc
http://www.twitter.com/ebureau
http://www.twitter.com/cyberrain
http://www.twitter.com/inadco
http://www.twitter.com/unsubscribeme
http://www.twitter.com/adlyads
http://www.twitter.com/hautelook

Paige Craig (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/paigecraig
http://www.facebook.com/paigecraig

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/betterworks
http://twitter.com/dealquad
http://twitter.com/backtype
http://twitter.com/kiip
http://twitter.com/mobileroadie
http://twitter.com/contextlogic
http://twitter.com/styleseat
http://twitter.com/plancast
http://twitter.com/klout
http://twitter.com/postling
http://twitter.com/takelessons
http://twitter.com/metricly
http://twitter.com/livematrix
http://twitter.com/ecomom
http://twitter.com/indinero
http://twitter.com/socialrewards

John Greathouse (Santa Barbara)
http://twitter.com/johngreathouse

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/rightscale
http://twitter.com/appfolio
http://twitter.com/frontiertech

Sean Jacobsohn (Santa Monica)
http://twitter.com/sjacobsohn

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/linkedin
http://twitter.com/offermatic
http://twitter.com/strongtech

Paul Kedrosky (La Jolla)
http://twitter.com/pkedrosky

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/mozes
http://twitter.com/firstrain
http://twitter.com/xpenser
http://twitter.com/stocktwits
http://twitter.com/weathertrends

Clark Landry (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/clandry
http://www.facebook.com/clarkwlandry

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/edgecast_cdn
http://twitter.com/burstly
http://twitter.com/ecomom
http://twitter.com/citymommy
http://twitter.com/310labs

Beau Laskey (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/beaulaskey
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039099299

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/playdom
http://twitter.com/photobucket

Peter Lee (Los Angeles)
(Baroda Ventures)
http://twitter.com/ptlee
http://www.facebook.com/ptlee

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/steelhousemedia
http://twitter.com/gamecrush

Howard Lindzon (Coronado)
http://twitter.com/howardlindzon
http://www.facebook.com/howardlindzon

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/tweetdeck

http://twitter.com/blogtalkradio
http://twitter.com/betaworks
http://twitter.com/bitly

http://twitter.com/foodzie
http://twitter.com/stocktwits

http://twitter.com/zentact

http://twitter.com/mytrade

http://twitter.com/limosdotcom

http://twitter.com/buddymedia

Thomas McInerney (Los Angeles & San Francisco)
http://twitter.com/tgmtgm
http://www.facebook.com/tgmtgm

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/klout
http://twitter.com/mochimedia

http://twitter.com/blockchalk

http://twitter.com/gamesalad

http://twitter.com/cyberrain

http://twitter.com/shopflick

http://twitter.com/socialpicks

http://twitter.com/postling

http://twitter.com/burstly

http://twitter.com/mogotix

http://twitter.com/flingotv

Farhad Mohit (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/farhad667
http://www.facebook.com/farhad667

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/bizrate
http://twitter.com/shopzilla

Brian Norgard (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/briannorgard

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/adlyads
http://twitter.com/q_angellist
http://twitter.com/flowtown
http://twitter.com/grockit

Talmadge O’Neill (Prague & Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/talmadgeorion
http://www.facebook.com/talmadge.oneill

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/pollenware
http://twitter.com/bluebeam
http://twitter.com/kijubi
http://twitter.com/linkedin
http://twitter.com/chegg
http://twitter.com/eharmony
http://twitter.com/teslamotors

Michael Parekh (NYC & Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/mparekh
http://www.facebook.com/mparekh

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/stocktwits
http://twitter.com/eqal
http://twitter.com/seesmic
http://twitter.com/scanscout
http://twitter.com/dogster
http://twitter.com/loomia

Mark Suster (Los Angeles)
http://twitter.com/msuster
http://www.facebook.com/msuster

Sample Investments:
http://twitter.com/ecomom
http://twitter.com/gendaigame
http://twitter.com/laughstub