I don’t…

I don’t have a rich Father

I wasn’t left a sum of money from my Grandma

I didn’t go to Harvard

I don’t live in Silicon valley

I wasn’t funded at Techcrunch 50 or Y combinator

I’m not technical genius

I can’t code the latest killer app

I guess I’ll just have to build my startup the old fashioned way. Work my ass off, invent my own revenue, build a team and improve what I have to offer as I learn from the mistakes I’m bound to make. If you’re still around in 10 years, look me up.



  1. Judith · August 19, 2010

    Money can be helpful if you know what to do with it. I’d love to spend some more money on huge campaigns or design, but what would it help if my work sucks? Nothing. Neither money nor some bad-ass certificate can compensate hard work and true passion.

    • Steve Sammartino · August 19, 2010

      Yep, there’s also something very satisfying about building it with your own resources. It just feels right.


  2. Josh Moore · August 19, 2010

    Best post I have read all week, thanks Steve

  3. Scott herbert · August 19, 2010

    Well said, very well said.

  4. Neal · August 19, 2010

    Intellectual property and business law resources for technology start-ups


  5. Richard · August 19, 2010

    I am sure the majority of successful business start ups would be nodding there head.

    Would love to know the stats on successful start ups started on a shoestring budget that have gone on to succeed to that off start ups that have bucket loads in the bank that have gone on to be successful.

  6. Mike Boyd · August 19, 2010

    Wicked post Steve, very timely.

  7. Abe Massry · August 19, 2010

    I completely agree. I just created this site with basically no budget, I did the ideas, the coding, and my friend did the graphic design. Now the hardest part is getting people to look at it. I feel like other startups must have an edge or something. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. Maybe once I get rid of the login wall things will change.
    The registration code is checkmark1 if you want to check it out.

  8. Boishakhi · August 19, 2010

    Gem of a post Steve!! Work your ass off + Learn from your mistakes combination will always succeed.

    Will surely look u up in 10 years:)

  9. Jeff · August 19, 2010

    Timely post for me, too, Steve.

    I have put together 3 small sites and I have none of those seven advantages you mention in your post, either.

    Hard work is all I know. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, either.


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