You Know You’re an Entrepreneur When You Do This on Christmas

December 22, 2014

8:00 am

There’s a reason for the hashtag #startuplife – being an entrepreneur is part of who you are, not something you do when you’re coding or pitching. It infiltrates the mind, and that ain’t gonna change just because it’s the biggest holiday of the year.

Yesterday, we learned what hours entrepreneurs are working on Christmas; today, it’s time for the tell-tale signs that you have a startup obsession:

Your gifts have ulterior motives

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you include branded swag in everyone’s holiday gift.”

– Sarah Jacobs, cofounder of The Wellness Project NYC

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when your Christmas card to family and friends contains a free trial code for your new app.”

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you hand out equity shares instead of Amazon gift cards. #bootstrapped”

– Ethan Linkner and Vishal Shah, cofounders of LearnCore

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you buy your five-year old Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero to One.”

– David Becker, cofounder of zkipster

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when most of the gifts you buy came from Shark Tank!”

– Jacob Perler, CEO of Snaapiq

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you discuss the business model behind each toy/gift with your children, so they learn from the experience.”

– Jonathan Cogley, founder of Thycotic Software

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you actually get some new socks.” 

– Sam Prochazka, founder and CEO of Novosbed.com

You become painfully aware that you work too much

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you are expecting a response from an email that you sent on Christmas Eve.”

“You know you’re a entrepreneur when you turn your holiday dinner into a focus group for your latest UI update.”

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you list holidays as a risk to productivity.”

– Ethan Linkner and Vishal Shah, cofounders of LearnCore

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you take an Instagram photo of your child opening presents, and somehow figure out a way to tie it to owning your own business. Then you justify it by using the hashtag #entrepreneur.”

– Erin Smith, owner/founder of The Starters Club

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you are excited to plan out which business books you are going to read over the Christmas break.”

– Jonathan Cogley, founder of Thycotic Software

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you don’t have a spare moment of time to make those cute holiday photo cards your friends send in the mail, and get jealous that they do.”

– Carin Luna-Ostaseski, founder of SIA Scotch Whisky

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you schedule a call with China at 3 am on Christmas day when you know you’ll be awake and putting gifts under the tree.” 

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when it’s the only day of the year you’re up to date on your emails before midnight.”

– Sam Prochazka, founder and CEO of Novosbed.com

“You know you’re an entrepreneur if walking from the bed to the Christmas tree is longer than your weekday commute.”

– Max Galka, cofounder of Revaluate

You think of better uses for Santa

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you spend all night in the chimney ready with your elevator pitch for Santa.”

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you think about building an on-demand Santa Facetime Avatar where your kid regularly video conferences with Santa and Santa is programmed to teach the kid to behave if they want presents on Christmas Day.”

– Jeetu Patel, general manager of EMC Syncplicity

You finally figure it out

“You know you’re an entrepreneur when you turn off your phone for the first time in months when you remember your family members have supported you through hell and high water.”

– James Fayal, founder and CEO of Zest Tea

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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