Regrets And An Apology

Written by Paul on July 25th, 2012

There are few things in life that you can do to potentially change the world and 500 Startups is one of them. Though, this kind of opportunity comes with it’s own burdens: we’re a relatively small team that bootstrapped it’s way to 350+ investments in nearly 20 countries now. On any given day, we’re collectively fielding hundreds of emails from existing portfolio companies and hopeful entrepreneurs.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

–Maya Angelou

My time here has been so rewarding and I’d do it again if given the opportunity. But, I regret that I haven’t figured out a way to stay on top of things in both my personal and professional life: I’ve lost touch with old friends, thrown wrenches into my personal relationships and left more than a few current/future founders hanging while they wait for me to catch up on email and phone calls.

So, consider this my public apology to anyone that’s felt unimportant because of my actions (or lack thereof) — that’s not the case at all. I’m doing the best I can and, one day, I hope to make it up to all of you for being so incredibly patient with me.

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