Let’s face it, rejection sucks. And getting rejected from TechStars, after making it to the final round of interviews REALLY sucks.
Here’s the reality for most startups:
- You put everything on hold for your Techstars application, with laser focus.
- You get it submitted just in time for some cool high-fives, like we got this!
- And when you find out you got an interview, you can’t help but get excited.
- Twice (if you are really lucky).
- You start feeling pretty good, like a boss.
- And then it comes, the rejection.
- And for the next couple days you probably feel like this.
As our Founder Jimmy Odom put it,
“No one brags about almost making it into Harvard.”
We’re not going to sugar coat it, we were bummed. Everyone wants to get into TechStars, but when you believe that you had all of the boxes ticked (team, product, idea, traction) hearing the words, “unfortunately we don’t have a slot for you” hits pretty hard.
But fear not.
Even though it doesn’t feel like you will recover from this massive blow of ego-checking, the heartbreak and disappointment will pass, eventually. It’s truly not the end of the world and life does go on. Keep building product. Keep eating that tasty ramen that you have come to love so much. And keep running that awesome business of yours. If it is in fact an awesome business, people will take notice and that’s exactly what happened with us.
The TechStars Chicago Class of 2013 began last week and as a contest the teams were pitted against one another to see who could sell the most bottles of water in one day. That meant Techstars needed 10k bottles of water delivered to their office in just a couple hours. Good thing they had the number forChicago’s favorite same-day delivery service. And just like that, TechStars officially became a loyal and repeat customer of WeDeliver.
Shout out to Project Fixup, for calling on WeDeliver to get their water delivered. They blogged about their experience in the TechStars water challenge here.