What is the Best Climate in Which to Start a Company?
While talk of a bubble has been running amok over the past few months (nay, years), it is clear that we are very much in the age of the entrepreneur. It has never been easier to start a company. My son, age 5, just exited his first startup, an image-sharing social network for pasta art, to the tune of $3.5 million dollars.
But even in these fat times, we need to be aware of the climate, more specifically the climate in which we launch out venture. So, in the midst of social upheaval, unrest at home and abroad, what is the best climate in which to start a company?
After my years of traveling the world, eating with the shamans and wise folk from tribes around the world, I have come up with what I believe is the perfect climate for starting your Next Big Thing.
First off: the humidity. Everyone says “it ain’t the heat that gets ya, it’s the humidity.” You want it to be just right. In the range of around 60-70% humidity and you’ll be ideating quicker than Path will steal your phone’s contacts.
Next the air pressure. Low. You’ll want a light rain — it has been proven time and time again that a light drizzle is the ideal weather pattern for starting a company. It keeps your employees inside without distracting them with the excitement or unpredictability of lightning.
Never start a company during a thunderstorm. I repeat. Never start a company during a thunderstorm. You might as well send a hateful letter to your investors and throw your servers out the window. Nothing kills a young company like lightning. Scary stuff.
Next — wildlife. You really want a good balance of flora and fauna. This provides inspiration from nature as well as a cathartic melody during the warmer months. Don’t underestimate what a good songbird will do for your valuations and coding sessions. It can be a magical thing.
Finally, elevation. Most people think lower is better here. We at Mud Mtn Ventures disagree. Look, when you’re in it for the long haul, you gotta take everything into account, including global warming and the threats of natural disasters. It is my personal belief that the best ideas always happen above an elevation of 3,000 feet. Try to make elevation a priority for your next start up.
Above is a map we’ve created highlighting some of our favorite global climates for getting your new company off on the right foot. Some of these may seem to be silly or prohibitive to your team’s needs, but trust us, in the hyper competitive world we’re living in, you want every advantage you can get.
While it’s great to try and strike out on your own, if you join our incubator, the MountainTop, we’ll be sure you’re never in the wrong climate. Good luck!