Week 12: Recess Is Over
The fun never lasts forever. This week marks the end of a season at Recess Labs, an experimental Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at Grand Central Tech.
Despite the tech world’s intentions to be more inclusive, there were no good avenues for me: somebody with an idea, some experience, and a prototype. Ironically, established incubators tend to accept “startups” with revenues and teams of 3-4 full-time people. It reminds me of all the executive leadership programs I was shipped off to after having been promoted.
When you stack the deck, you’re bound to win.
Recess Labs is a beacon in the storm. The experience and selection is grounded in the belief that great ideas can come from anywhere and anybody. You don’t have to have sold a company before. You don’t have to be technically inclined. And you can still have a great idea worth pursuing.
Good ideas take time and they take a village. And by village, I don’t mean friends per se. Most of you have read my recent encounters with disparaging snubs, ex-VC guy, and even a vocal critic who never bothered to actually visit this site before telling me what I should be doing (hint: I already did that).
That’s family for you.
On the first day, I remember a fellow interrupted my brief introduction to ask me if I knew somebody he knew. Since then, I wasn’t surprised that he – in fact – inserted himself in every conversation that did not involve him. I guess I share all this because realistically that’s life, right? We are shaped by the good and bad that happen to us, for us, and through us.
Wherever however this mustard seed of edittress evolves, I know I can only attribute any outcome to this experience. Even when it was bad, it was ultimately for good.