There is one word to explain how I feel after spending the last week in San Fran: Excited.
After feeding on all the unbridled positive energy around here it makes me feel like we are building the best thing in the world, that will take over everything, and that we can do anything. The mixture of youth, positive ideas, and support of each other makes you feel like you can't lose. It's an awesome feeling to have that level of enthusiasm.
However, I worry a little about entrepreneurs who can get wrapped up in all the positive energy in the valley and what it might do to them. I'll be heading back to Boston with a raised level of confidence, but I also know that is not necessarily the best feeling to always have.
Excitement is incredibly important to keep you from thinking too small, to reach for big ideas and believe in them. But confidence can lead to trusting your direction so much you miss the train passing you by (or headed right for you).
- Confidence presents well to one person, excitement spreads.
- Confidence is sure, excitement is creative.
- Confidence leads to pushing your ideas, excitement leads to listening to how others can help your idea.
I have no right to be confident. Relatively few people really care about what we are building right now, no one has used it, and we have a lot to prove. But there is a huge opportunity out there, and I'm excited to see if we can pull it off.