An entrepreneur recently recounted to me the time when he met with one of his major Sand Hill venture capital investors after closing his Series A round. He wanted to know what the secret magic was behind building a great company so he asked his investor to pull back the curtain and reveal the most important advice for an entrepreneur. The VC told him, “take more photos.”
Looking back, I wish I had heard this advice sooner. PaperG has gone through 7 offices (that we have a official leases for). In that time, the team has grown to 35 people. We’ve had a few folks leave to start their own companies or pursue other fields. So much is happening that it feels like it’s almost not worth capturing a particular moment.
Yet, when I look back, it’s amazing to see what has changed and remembering the moments that got us to where we are. And it isn’t just the photos of day to day life but also the pictures of how the website and products have changed that really matter.
I always wished there were more photos of Steve Jobs at Apple in the early days or of other great entrepreneurs. I’m sure they too thought “why bother?” but now future posterity (and themselves) don’t get the benefit of seeing what the early stages of these greats looked like.
I hope future startups heed the advice and capture all the moments on the way to becoming the next big things.
Photo from our first office’s conference room:
Not many photos in between then and now (photo from our newest conference room):
The amount of IKEA as a proportion of total furniture has gone down!