Who should never ever start up?

If you have read The Startup World: Are startups fad?, you already know of one breed of people who should never start up – The ones who want to do it just because its cool. Well, there are a couple of other type of people who I believe should never ever in their life think of being an entrepreneur. In order to make their life easier, I have compiled a list of such people (You’re welcome folks!)

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Type 1: MBA is my dream
I am pretty sure you have come across a lot of people who belong to this class. They are the ones who are planning to apply for an MBA program at one of the top B-Schools in the near future. When they start preparing their application, they come to know of factors like ‘demonstrated leadership’, ‘diversity’, etc. which they believe carries a lot of weight in the admission process. Now, having been the ordinary netizens of The Milky Way who don’t have anything extraordinary to showcase in their profile, they come up with a strategy – Let’s fucking start up something and call ourselves an entrepreneur. Are you kidding me guys? Do you really think that the admission committee of these schools are full of retards who don’t understand your cheap trick? Please don’t do it guys. You are ruining the meaning of a startup.

Type 2: Yo, I have this idea. Wanna invest in the next billion dollar venture?
I specially love the second class of entrepreneur These guys, before even building a fucking product, dream of series Z! Fundraising is their end goal. They’re like “Who gives a fuck to how a business is run? We will raise funds from the best VC in town”. They are more about Excel and Powerpoint and less of business execution. While its not a bad idea to prepare in advance and start researching on the VCs who might be a good fit, but guys – what about your product and customers? When do you plan to build and sell your products? Is there even a need? Don’t even dare to tell me ‘Once we get funded’! Invest your sweat first and then ask others to invest their hard-earned money.

Type 3: I just can’t work for someone else
Then there are those people who say ‘I am not the employee material’ or ‘I just can’t take orders from my boss’. While I totally empathize with such people, I believe this should not be a reason to be starting up something. Two reasons: 1. You are telling me that this venture is just an escape route? There goes the vision, the passion and the commitment for a toss. 2. Do you really think you won’t be taking orders anymore? Hah, in your dreams bro! You are now accountable to your customers, your employees, your investors; you basically now report to everyone associated with the company.

There’s my list of people who shouldn’t be starting a company. What do you think? Do you know of more class of people who shouldn’t start up? Please do comment with your thoughts.

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