A couple things you need to remember when looking at startups that are only 3 months old.
1. If you saw Google or Facebook at 3 months old you wouldn’t have been impressed either. A year from now, and 3 years from now these companies will look very different.
2. Of course the idea isn’t obvious. If it was obvious many companies would have already done it. You should scratch your head and say Huh? at this point.
3. It is not possible to show everything in a 6 minute demo, and I can’t accurately reflect the vision of the founders as I write in real time for just a few lines.
4. They may not be the first to do something. Google wasn’t the first search engine either…more like the 14th entry. But, these startups put a twist on teh existing solutions.
5. Many companies start as just a feature and evolve into a full product set and successful company. At just 3 months old it is hard to predict which ones will successfully evolve and which ones won’t.
6.Remember there are 3 kinds of people; Those that MAKE it happen, those that WATCH it happen, and those that wonder WHAT happened. These startups are people that MAKE it happen. They should be respected and supported by those of us in the later two categories.

Don Dodge wrote a guest post on TechCrunch about the TechStars pitches that happened last night in Boston. These are brand new companies who have been working on their products for only a few months giving a 6 minute demo of their products and having them reported in about 4 sentences.

Naturally, the commenters brought out the expected, “Meh.” “Not impressed.” “Here’s what’s wrong with that.” Smart money says that the comments aren’t coming from entrepreneurs. Maybe junior level IT guys at Big Software Co.

The best part of the post however wasn’t the TechStars wrap up, which was good, rather Don’s reply to the negative comments. He does a great job shining some light on what you’re seeing when you look at a company that’s only three months old.

The commenters are belaboring the obvious. OF COURSE you can’t see where they’re going. OF COURSE the product isn’t a full featured product. OF COURSE you don’t get it. That’s what makes entrepreneurs different and startups so much fun and that’s why you aren’t doing it.

We’ll often see news of a financing round closing and scratch our heads and wonder what the VC saw there. Sometimes they see a young kid with a great idea, sometimes they see a huge untapped market and an innovative solution to address it, sometimes they see a better way to do an old thing, sometimes they see a proven team with an opportunity.

The point is that entrepreneurs see things differently than people who just comment on blogs. And if you’re not doing it, get out of the way of the people who are.

Congrats to all the TechStars teams.

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