Being a founder is constantly jumping one hurdle after the next. It doesn't stop. Ever.. When I see startups raise a ton of money pre-launch or announce a big VC raise in their first few months on Techcrunch, I don't think it's time for congratulations just yet. I actually fear for many of those founders, especially the first-timers. Yes, they may have secured more runway and more money for engineers and talent, but the next hurdle they'll have to climb will be a shit ton higher, too, without actually increasing their level of satisfaction significantly in the journey. I'd personally rather go from a 2-foot hurdle to a 3-foot or 4-foot hurdle than from a 2-foot hurdle to an 8-foot hurdle but maybe that's just me. I think a lot of founders get tripped up (no pun intended) thinking they haven't succeeded if they don't have a Techcrunch story about the top-tier VCs they got or if they aren't on track to be a unicorn. Truth is, you're a unicorn if you've found a problem you're passionate about solving and you're attacking the problem to the best of your ability and enjoying the process of doing it.