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“Real World” Start-up

Well, I guess all good things must come to an end. This is my last week as an intern at RUNmyERRAND and I thought I would share some of my thoughts on life at an early stage start-up with the help of one of my favorite bands, Matchbox Twenty, and their song “Real World.” For those of you unfamiliar with the song, the lead singer Rob Thomas asks a series of questions wondering what things would be like if he lived a different life. I thought these are also really great guiding questions for what I’ve learned. So here’s my reflection on the past two months featuring Matchbox Twenty:

I wonder what it’s like to be the rainmaker. I wonder what it’s like to know that I made the rain.

First and foremost, entrepreneurs are creators. At RUNmyERRAND, I learned what it’s like to be part of a creative team. Things aren’t perfect, but you feel an immense amount of joy when your idea succeeds.

I wonder what it’s like to be a superhero. I wonder where I’d go if I could fly around downtown.

Being an entrepreneur is kind of like being a superhero too. At times you find yourself juggling so many tasks that even Superman would be overwhelmed. When things finally click, you will feel like you have superpowers.

I wonder what it’s like to be the head honcho. I wonder what I’d do if they all did just what I said.

Of course, starting your own company also means being your own boss. Even as an intern though, I felt like I had a lot of ownership and control of my work. As for the real head honchos, they’re pretty cool too.

Straight up, what did you hope to learn about here?

I wanted to see firsthand what life at a start-up was like and I definitely got to do that. I also learned a lot about the Web 2.0 industry and crowd-sourcing services. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there. It can be a little crazy at times and it’s not for everyone, but with the right people and situation it can be a lot of fun. Where else do you get to appear on TV, walk around Boston with a bunch of boxes, and play with Twitter as part of your job?

If I were someone else would this all fall apart?

I hope I’ve been valuable to RUNmyERRAND this summer, but I hope I wasn’t that valuable.

Strange, where were you when we started this gig?

Okay, so I wasn’t with RUNmyERRAND at the very beginning, but I do feel like I got in on the action right as things are on the cusp of taking off.  Hopefully this was just the start of a very long and prosperous life for RUNmyERRAND!

Well, it’s been good running with you guys and I wish I could keep going, but I have to go back to school.

I wish the real world would just stop hassling me!

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  1. Leah - the founder says

    Our interns have been so fantastic this summer. Can’t you tell? Steve – we wish you the best of luck during your Junior year abroad – The London School of economics, people!!! We’ll be following you on twitter @nocachyname and your blog at http://nocachyblog.wordpress.com/. Can’t wait to hear about all your adventures!

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