As an Irishman with a Bavarian upbringing I have no shortages of opinions and emotions. However as a VC I like to keep it as neutral as possible, I like to tone it down a little. Also online, here on this blog and on twitter. I don’t cheer startups, entrepreneurs or tech companies up too much (guilty sometimes), but I sure try to never ever be cynical, snarky or look down on what anyone else is doing. My heart especially sinks when I see entrepreneurs or VCs bash other folks, other “tech hubs”, getting satisfaction out of someone else’s failure, etc – usually this is not done by people who are or have been very successful or are particularly self-secure. So when you do that you’re moving yourself in to a camp you don’t want to be in. It makes me wonder about your opportunity costs. It also makes me wonder what it would be like to work with you during the startup roller-coaster ride.
Maybe its lame – but I just love working with good karma people. So it’s important to me. I watch out for all signals I can find.
Don’t be like this: