It’s been almost 2 months since we joined the 500 accelerator program and with that the 500 family. Like most families we get along most of the time but we do have our occasional feuds. Every Monday around 1pm we have our family/batch meeting where dad aka Dave usually shouts at us for mumbling when introducing ourselves, or for acting like teenagers who worked hard to get into the family but aren’t taking advantage of the benefits(like the mafia, the good mafia) Paul, Christine and Melissa are the loving mothers that make sure we have everything we need - money, food and the much needed pep talks.
Every Tuesday we have lunch and on Thursdays we have dinner where we occasionally steal each others food, drink beer, and listen to older Uncles or Aunts share their stories of how they made it out in the real World, life beyond incubators and early stage.
Most days we work quietly, except for a few of us :) occasionally giving and getting ideas. Some siblings are closer than the others, and we are all at different stages. Some are just learning how to walk while others are already up and running. Of course there is a touch of sibling rivalry at times, but when one of us succeeds we all rejoice and when someone is struggling we all try to pitch in and help. There is also an amazing e-mail network that, while at times it might be a little spamish, if you need something there is always someone there to help. Since being an entrepreneur can be a lonely, and at times down right depressing, having a family that supports you and encourages you, giving guidance and wisdom, even if it’s just for a while, is so important. We are all here to create something new and sustainable and, if we possess the traits of the older siblings, maybe acquirable.
We wish that all early stage startups could be a part of the 500family. Because with family you know that you can count on their support, no matter what happens.