Cardinal Sin #7: Being a sheep
Out of all the cardinal sins I’ve listed so far, this is probably the most egregious. What makes it really insidious is that startup founders don’t even know that it’s happening.
Think about it: how many startups out there are doing truly disruptive and unique things? I’ve seen too many startups being created off the backs of other ones – old ideas being recreated into supposedly “new and innovative” ones.
Oh sure, you got that ONE fancy feature that the other guy doesn’t have, but is that suppose to make a difference? Is that suppose to compel me to fork over millions of my dollars to fund an idea that came from the same stinking heap pile of perpetual craptitude?
There is no more creativity now. No more outlandish ideas and remarkability, no new ways of looking at things.
Startups can’t even come up with good startup names because they are content with doing whatever the hell everyone is doing. And how many startup websites have you come across that look exactly the same?
For a industry that prides itself on funding “disruption” and innovation, it’s become increasingly difficult to see any evidence of that.
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