This post was originally published 1000 days after moving to Boulder, Colorado.
When starting a company, time is measured in days. How many days until launch? How many days until the big presentation? How many days until we are completely out of cash?
David, Samir and I moved to Boulder, Colorado to be part of Techstars in 2009 on a hail mary pass.
We had no money, no previous success and the idea that we applied with, we no longer wanted to pursue. For some reason David Cohen, Nicole Glaros, Jason Mendelson, Micah Baldwin and the Techstars family at large took a chance on us.
That’s when we started counting days. 79 days until demo day. 65 days until our sublease ends. 7 days until the first mentor presentation.
We just crossed 1000 days since moving to Boulder. It’s incredible to think of everything that has happened in that time. Hiring employees, signing six figure global contracts, moving into our own office space, two global major label deals, licensing two charts to Billboard magazine, winning accolades throughout the music industry and just announcing a $6.5m Series A financing with our dream investor syndicate.
David Cohen just did a great deconstruction of our pitch on demo day at the end of Techstars and published it on This Week In Techstars. It’s true that we didn’t have any real investor interest going into that pitch. It was the most important 8 minutes of my life. I haven’t thought of that presentation in many months but realize that without that day, none of the subsequent story of Next Big Sound unfolds in quite the same way.
We are still counting days. It’s a snowy Friday in February and David, Samir and I (and the rest of our awesome team) are at the office. David and Samir are leaned over a computer reviewing designs and discussing user flows while I catch up on email and the projects I don’t have time to tackle during the week. So much has changed since those first days in Boulder, but the day to day hasn’t changed much at all. A very sincere thank you to Techstars for making it all possible and wishing everyone a productive today, tomorrow and the next thousand days.