9 Lessons Learned from NEXT + Steve Blank + 24 Early Entrepreneurs
This startup game is a challenging one. Honestly it is challenging as hell. What many people forget about startups is that the successes (however you define it) are the results of hundreds of thousands of failures along the way. I get why there is some level of hero worship in startups; it’s because anyone who has been through the gauntlet from idea to scaling something has made it through a [Tough Mudder](www.toughmudder.com) where they use real knives and bullets.
So I don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but it’s easy to forget that BIG gap that exists going from a decent idea to really having a business on your hands. It’s f-ing hard and so those who have gone through it forget.
Three weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to go through one piece of that early (and super difficult) journey with 24 entrepreneurs here in DC. The program, called [NEXT](www.swnext.co) is powered by
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