Excuse the self-indulgent pathos, but given that I’ve been a startup CEO for the past five years, working 80-hour+ weeks trying to get my startup off of the ground, I get miffed when I see modern-day confidence men scamming those trying to build the next great generation of companies.
Fiscal cliffs. Series A crunches. Down-rounds and startup deaths. This is starting to sound more like Halloween than New Year, a zombie or ghoul around every corner, waiting with an ax to take to your company’s jugular. Unfortunately this isn’t make believe. It’s yet another "new normal" in an ever-changing startup environment. It’s not new, however. It’s a remake of an old movie – same script, different director and cast.