I can't disagree. He is absolutely right. All the people in Starbucks with laptops are entrepreneurial wanna bees not really in the game. People I have seen really make it in the Valley have eaten, slept, and lived their businesses at the expense of all else, including family. Then they run their companies expecting their employees to do the same. Just ask people former employees of Apple, Google, Oracle, etc.
The latest shot in the work-life balance debate was fired by Mukund Mohan, a Bangaolore-based serial entrepreneur with roots in Silicon Valley, and author of the “Be a Force of Good” blog. Mohan’s most recent entry, “My discipline will beat your intellect,” argues that the key to start-up success is to recognize that it’s necessary both to “work smart” and to “work hard” – really, really hard.
“Some ‘older’ entrepreneurs (usually over 35 years of age) will share their ability to ‘strike a balance’ between work and life. Practically speaking (I hate to break this to them) that does not exist in a startup. If you have that balance, you are not serious enough about your startup.
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