I like two kinds of movies and tv shows: ones about startups like We Crashed, and ones about fateful journeys like The Lord of the Rings. And reflecting on that, the only real difference between We Crashed and The Lord of the Rings is that Adam Neumann got caught staring into the Eye of Sauron too long.

Startups are fateful journeys. If you put your heart into one, it is bound to be buoyed beyond imagination or broken, there is no middle path.

That feeling of the beginning of the journey, when you look at your cofounder (or at yourself in the mirror) and decide, “ok let’s do this,” is addicting, and each win along the way feeds the addiction.

In a startup, from the moment you begin until you achieve high, sustainable growth, you’re sailing in a turbulent sea looking for product market fit. Surely, if you’re dedicated, passionate, and resourceful you’ll cross this sea, but not everyone does. Most don’t.

This newsletter aims to be the breath of wind that will push your startup vessel towards its next win–whether it’s your 100th customer or a life-changing acquisition.

I’m Jon Christensen, and I’ve been in and around startups my whole working life. I’ve been a developer, a marketer, a salesperson, and a founder, and honestly, I’ve seen more failure than success, and more heartache than triumph, but over the course of 25 years, and through nine acquisitions and more than 40 products built, I’ve learned too much to keep to myself.

I promise to keep these stories real and not full of false hope. I will tell the exciting and amusing stories alongside the ones that still make me angry or nervous. And I’ll always tell them from the perspective of a coach.

So please subscribe! Even if only one in 10 stories is helpful, it will be better to be subscribed than to miss it. For startups, the game is always about managing risk and optimizing the odds of success. You never know when some small insight might be the thing that helps you find your way across the turbulent sea to your next startup win.

—Jon Christensen | May 2, 2022

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