The Need for Speed 

The famous line “I feel the need, the need for speed” was spo­ken in a very cav­a­lier and risk-ori­ented way in the movie Top Gun.  How­ever, for star­tups it is often the case that speed actu­ally reduces risk and greatly increases the prob­a­bil­ity of ulti­mate success.

We recently viewed a video show­ing a car trav­el­ing at var­i­ous speeds over a large pot­hole.  At the slow­est speed of 30km/h the car was severely jolted, dam­aged and nearly flipped on its side.  At increas­ing speeds, the dam­age was actu­ally reduced and at 120km/h the car sailed over the pot­hole with barely a notice­able shim­mer.  We rec­og­nized an impor­tant anal­ogy to star­tups and their need to attain a cer­tain speed to suc­cess­fully tra­verse all the dan­gers than can befall a young company.


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