Oh, The Places You’ll Go (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Written for VC-backed entrepreneurs…

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

Oh, the Mistakes You Will Make,
The Money you’ll Waste
Maybe Your are Moving
With much too much haste!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes,
You can Steer yourself
Any Direction you choose

You have clouds in your head.
You have to take care,
Your burn rate’s outrageous!
You are in for a Big Scare

You are on your own
And You know what you know
And YOU are the guy

Who’ll decide where to go

Be Cautious, Be Bold
Lead the Charge up the Hill,
We’ve given you our cash,
Watch out for the Spill!

And then things start to happen,
Don’t Worry, Don’t Stew
Just go right along
You’ll start
Happening too.

Howard Anderson, founder of Yankee Group and co-founder of Battery Ventures, is currently the William Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT. Read his past peHUB posts here.