If companies could have veteran’s organizations, my last company’s would be a thriving one.
Tonight I gathered together with some current employees and past employees (I’m now one of those salty old-timers) as we bowled, played games, drank, ate, and caught up.
The magical thing is that it felt to me like we were all still working together. The camaraderie of our startup experiences was that strong. Give us a challenge that night and we would have worked together to solve it. We would have had fun solving it, too.
If a startup can yield that kind of latent team bond – extending even to people who have moved on – then there’s something special there. These are good people who worked or are working hard for themselves and for each other. And this is something for the company’s founding team to be proud of – independent of the ultimate revenue results of our efforts, the coming together of these people was a blessing.
Of all the communities I’ve been a part of, this has been the strongest. And while I know the embers will burn down and I’ll lose touch with many people, I don’t doubt that at our next reunion, it will be easy to rekindle the fires around which we all warmed ourselves in our days of working together. And who knows what could come of that one day? I don’t think the PayPal mafia was a one-off phenomenon.