The Terrible Twos of Entrepreneurship
I often explain entrepreneurship in terms of becoming a parent to a newborn baby. When you first decide to launch your business, you are in a completely optimistic and excitable state. Then when you have a baby, you are still excited, however, now more exhausted than you have ever been in your life.
During the first year, you are telling everyone about your new business, showing off your new business, and believing that your business will be completely running on its own (potty trained) by the end of the first year. You have created the first-ever Super Baby.
As your baby enters its first year of life, and your baby isn’t “walking on time”, “talking on time” or “pooping on time”, you learn quickly that nothing happens as you had planned for your business. Things get tremendously harder, busier and you are always up to your eyeballs in baby sh**. But when someone on the outside asks you, “How is it going?” You always reply with a huge smile, “It’s the best thing I ever did.”
When your business enters the second year of life or - the terrible twos - the optimistic, blissful, naïve stage morphs into something that looks like a baby dressed in a Rambo costume with a super-sized baby diaper.
The first-ever “super baby” is now blowing up everything in its path and crying at such a piercing level that dogs in other neighborhoods can hear it. And this supposed “super-baby” is still not potty trained and sh***ing all over you - every time you turn around. Most of the people who offered to help you, in the beginning, have now run for the hills.
You are alone with “super-baby” and it just threw up all over you - again. But you still love “super-baby” - you just don’t like “super-baby” that much right now.
The terrible twos are a significant time for your business because your baby is now starting to grow and explore, yet still needs constant feeding and attention from you. It’s exhausting. This period is a major milestone, and if you make it through the terrible twos, you are on your way to the glorious threes. It’s called pre-school!
In year three, many entrepreneurs can now start hiring help. What a glorious stage! Someone else can finally help feed and change “super-baby” Rambo sized diapers. Congratulations - you are on your way.
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Patriot Boot Camp Attends the Google For Startups Trailblazers Conference
The Patriot Boot Camp team recently attended the Google For Startup’s partnership program, Trailblazers, at their beautiful conference center, The Grove, in San Francisco, California. Patriot Boot Camp is honored to be chosen as one of 50 partners from over 150 countries.
Sherri, Danya and I were so excited to meet our fellow partners. As a brand new partner this year, Patriot Boot Camp was recognized as Nooglers - ‘Brand New Google Partners.’ We were given the Google hat that many of you might recognize from the movie ‘Internship’ - and we wore them proudly.
Google truly rolled out the red carpet for all of us with fantastic sessions, food, and more food. We were also able to choose unique experiences, such as; yoga, leadership classes, and hiking in the redwoods to help further network with our fellow entrepreneurs from around the world.
MX, the leading data platform for banks, credit unions and fintechs, has signed a four-year sponsorship of Patriot Boot Camp. MX will also be hosting the next bootcamp August 23-25 at MX headquarters in Lehi, Utah – helping transitioning members of the military, veterans and military spouses pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
"Coming from a military family as well as having attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, I have seen firsthand the incredible entrepreneurial potential of these brave men and women who serve our country," said Ryan Caldwell, founder and CEO of MX. "We are very proud to be a four-year sponsor of Patriot Boot Camp and look forward to hosting these talented people at MX headquarters. We want to do all we can to help contribute to their entrepreneurial success."
"We've worked hard to be the only non-profit in the U.S. offering intensive entrepreneur boot camps – through both in-person training and year-round virtual mentoring – to veteran, service members and military spouses," said Jen Pilcher, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp. "It's an honor to have the continued support of the MX team as well as their beautiful facilities in Utah for our August event."
For years MX has been involved with Patriot Boot Camp through its relationship with USAA, whose subsidiary is an investor in the company since 2015, leading up to MX hosting and sponsoring the 2019 event presented by Techstars and sponsored by USAA, the Jared Polis Foundation, Google for Startups, and the MetLife Foundation. Over the three days in August at MX's offices, current military and military spouse entrepreneurs will meet with more than 20 speakers and 50 mentors, all of whom have volunteered their time to provide one-on-one mentoring sessions.
Patriot Boot Camp by the numbers:
MX is the leading data platform for banks, credit unions and fintechs, enabling its clients and partners to easily collect, enhance, analyze, present and act on financial data. Using MX's platform and products, MX clients are able to understand their customers in real time like never before, allowing them to be truly customer centric, empowering them to grow faster and deliver an exceptional customer experience all while reducing costs. Founded in 2010, MX is one of the fastest-growing fintech providers, partnering with more than 2,000 financial institutions and 43 of the top 50 digital banking providers. For more information, visit www.mx.com.
About Patriot Boot Camp
Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a non-profit founded in 2012 to provide active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses with access to mentors, educational programming, and a robust community of experts and peers to help them innovate and build impactful businesses. PBC assembles and activates an inclusive community that advances veterans and military spouses in their mission to become creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs leading the new economy.
It’s almost time for what will be an awesome, exhausting, motivating, kinda scary, fun, educational, and inspirational weekend. You’ll meet so many amazing folks. You’ll freak out a few times. You’ll be so ready to rock investor meetings. You’ll take tons of notes and learn so much. So how in the hell does one prep for such a weekend? Fear not. We’ve got a list for you.