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Erik: What fascinates you the most about startup culture?
Bijoy: I think that startups are the modern heroes’ journey, and so you see the evolution
of this journey happen in the same way that Joseph Campbell studied all the mythical stories
and saw the same pattern repeated over and over again no matter were you went to the
Mabar or the Romian or whatever it was. I think startups are that. Even the debates
about what path you should take or what path is the right path or is there a wrong path.
No, it is only the path that you wanna take, you know.
So I think that that’s the place where people are really confronting themselves, and it’s
just great to watch entrepreneurs evolve when they stay with the journey. You know, I think
there’s a lot of excitement around the ideation part or the question part. There’s not a
lot of appeal about the ‘valley of death’, you know, but to me that’s like it’s where
it’s at. You know, that’s when the stuff is getting refined down, distilled. You know,
we’ve never had more than 5% entrepreneurs, at any time in the history of the country,
and that’s fine. That’s sort of a maximal number. We don’t need everyone to be an
entrepreneur, but I think there’s a lot to be learned from entrepreneurs, and what
they do, and how they live, and people can take some variant in that and apply that in
their own context without having to be “the literal” entrepreneur. So that’s really
what’s interesting me most right now is ‘how do I apply what I’ve learned and
broaden and generalize the things that we’ve learned, that I’ve learned from entrepreneurs
and bootstrap entrepreneurs specifically to the broader audience?’