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Joey Flores on YC Rehearsal Day (photo by Garry Tan)

There is a fine line between being open and honest in your willingness to publish stories about startup life, and saying things that burn bridges or aren’t good for your company’s image. I have admired founders who aren’t afraid to share battle stories while they’re still at war, so I’d like to be one of them. Hopefully I’m not shooting myself in the foot.


Here are 8 startup lessons I’ve learned from things I’ve fucked up over the past 2.5 years.

1. Fundraising incorrectly or at the wrong time

Earlier this year, I saw the newest crowdfunding platform, CrowdTilt, pitch at YC Alumni Demo Day.  Their unique angle was that they help you raise money among friends or groups for anything.  Want to rent a row of cabins for snowboarding?  Setup a page, see if you hit the goal among your friends.  If you don’t, nobody pays.  They don’t have the “project” or product restrictions that Kickstarter has, and that was cool to me.

I remember thinking that I wanted to use CrowdTilt to put on some no-risk events, like a booze cruise or weekend in Vegas with my friends.  But alas, inspiration never hit me, until…