I recently challenged one of my teammates to get something done on a short deadline. They responded by sending me this image.
I love Bruce Lee and the stories surrounding him are legendary, but this story in particular, hits home as I think back to a year ago this week, when we started TechStars and started doing more faster.
Sure - we’d been hustling for years at that point. Selling customers, building product, pitching investors, but we didn’t truly start doing more faster until we were dropped into TechStars with 10 other killer teams who were all sprinting like hell, 90 mentors who had an exponential number of data points around tech startups from which to draw and the pressure of the 579 other applicants who didn’t get in, watching our potential success or failure with a critical eye.
Looking back on that experience, I am extremely proud of the way in which we, as a team, came into TechStars ready for whatever was thrown at us, and came out with a beautiful product and the vision to match, in just a few short months.
We’ve been building and growing ever since, and while not all of our team members (9 now!) went through TechStars, “do more faster” is a mantra that we want to practice for the lifetime of the company.
So to TechStars - fellow founders from our class, from programs past and present, the mentors, the Davids… thank you for teaching us what it really means to do more faster.