Episode 9: The Startup Community's Dirty Underwear

In episode 9 of “Post-Modern Living with Chris The Brain,” Chris and Kait talk about business transparency with guest host Doug Karr. They discuss the stuff no one tells young professionals, talking about failure, and the real definition of success. They wrap up the episode by talking about the things that still don’t work in 2018.

There’s a lot of stuff about business that no one tells young professionals, and a lot of lies perpetuated. We’re under pressure to look like the perfect company or the perfect individual and not talk about the bad stuff all the time, but there’s almost a gasp of relief when someone shares that things are really tough. Because we don’t often hear about the failures and the hard times, we are don’t know what success really looks like. It’s not sexy; it takes a lot of hard work, time, and mistakes. Almost every company that seems like it had overnight success actually had years of drudgery first.

Some of the biggest reasons that startups fail are scaling too fast and rushing to release product too quickly. They also often have the wrong investors. If you can get your company off the ground without investors, you’ll be happier because you’re still in charge of your own company, instead of having to answer to the people who lent you money. If you want investment, choose an investor that has had at least three different successful companies; having one successful company doesn’t mean you know what you’re doing.

People tend to look at success as having money, being able to go on vacation wherever and whenever you want, and having luxury items, but wealthy people are often not successful - they’re miserable. The real definition should be taking pleasure in your work and having a purpose. Success is more about making the day-to-day great than sacrificing today in hopes of winning the lottery tomorrow. And if you crash and burn, it’s okay (and almost a necessity) to talk about it. We all have to fake it til we make it to some extent, but don’t buy your own hype, and whenever possible, help someone else know it’s hype.

The episode wraps up with a discussion of stuff that still doesn’t work, even though it’s 2018. Chris’s biggest complaint is that cell phone batteries don’t last all day, and the phones break easily. Doug’s is that web conferencing software is all terrible and doesn’t have a solid or maintained connection. Other things on the list include rechargeable batteries, paper towel dispensers, automated bathrooms, non-automated trains, bluetooth, reading on tablets, haircuts, seats that don’t accommodate big people, products that clean off dogs’ and cats’ paws, wi-fi, printers, and forms. What do you think still sucks in 2018? Leave a comment below.

Shout Outs To:

  • Apprenace, a company creating meaningful internship programs that help businesses and careers grow
  • DK New Media, guest host Doug’s digital marketing company that lets us use their podcast studio
  • The Speak Easy, where DK New Media’s podcast studio is located
  • Kelly Schwedland of Elevate Ventures, an investor that listens, is hands-off with the company, and operates as a coach and guide instead of a boss
  • Streets of Compton, an A&E special about the city of Compton, where they gave gang members opportunity to work and the crime rate went down
  • What to Do When You’re Getting Fired, a Forbes article by guest host Doug
  • How Digital Marketing Will Change in 2018, a Forbes article Doug contributed to
  • Shure, where Doug got his high-quality headphones
  • Apple AirPods, which have significantly better quality than most headphones but are still without bass or depth
  • Bose, where Doug got one of his pairs of bluetooth headphones
  • Kindle Voyage, Chris’s e-reader of choice, the e-ink is much easier on the eyes
  • Epson, where Doug got his printer that works most of the time