The Trough of Sorrow


Above is the famous “Startup Curve” that is a pretty realistic depiction of what it’s like to start and live through the experience of a new venture. The chart, courtesy of Paul Graham, is scary in its accuracy as I can tell you from first-hand experience that this is exactly what it’s like.

I’m trying to determine exactly where Pressgram is on the “process” and “curve” – are we in the “Trough of Sorrow” where disillusionment, anxiety, and doubt are the themes of the day (week / month / year)? Or are we seeing some “Wiggles of False Hope” as we entertain things like a possible Featured Spot in the App Store?

The honest truth is that it’s hard to know.

And that’s the biggest challenge as the graph makes sense after you’ve walked through it all; only in retrospect do these things ultimately make a lot of sense. That doesn’t make it any better, of course, but at least there’s that.

I just hope I can find a pace that makes sense for this small indy app and that people are loving and using it more and more each day. Ultimately it’s one of value on both sides of the street and I hope to continue to provide that and that the users and community return that in kind.

Here’s hoping.