Readers of my blog know I am a big Paul Graham fan. I like him because he is, smart, honest and on the side of the entrepreneur.
His most recent essay, on his insights on what a startup is really like, is one of his most brilliant. I especially like the part where he talks about the relationshp between founders, colleagues and the companies:
Several people used that word "married." It's a far more intense
relationship than you usually see between coworkers—partly because
the stresses are so much greater, and partly because at first the
founders are the whole company. So this relationship has to be
built of top quality materials and carefully maintained. It's the
basis of everything.
Just as the relationship between cofounders is more intense than
it usually is between coworkers, so is the relationship between the
founders and the company. Running a startup is not like having a
job or being a student, because it never stops. This is so foreign
to most people's experience that they don't get it till it happens.
Yesterday, I was discussing this exact same issue with a Turkish entrepreneur. I can not agree more with Paul.