Readers of my blog know I am a big Paul Graham fan. I like him because he is, smart, honest and on the side of the entrepreneur.
His most recent essay, on his insights on what a startup is really like, is one of his most brilliant. I especially like the part where he talks about the relationshp between founders, colleagues and the companies:
Several people used that word "married." It's a far more intense relationship than you usually see between coworkers—partly because the stresses are so much greater, and partly because at first the founders are the whole company. So this relationship has to be built of top quality materials and carefully maintained. It's the basis of everything.
Just as the relationship between cofounders is more intense than it usually is between coworkers, so is the relationship between the founders and the company. Running a startup is not like having a job or being a student, because it never stops. This is so foreign to most people's experience that they don't get it till it happens.
Yesterday, I was discussing this exact same issue with a Turkish entrepreneur. I can not agree more with Paul.