startups struggle. period.

early successes lead to new problems. months pass by with seemingly no progress. hope remains while confidence wanes.  eventually, for the lucky few, you finally turn the corner.

fred wilson on avc has a great post about the startup curve (as coined by paul graham).

startup curve

what many forget is that startups extend beyond two guys in a garage coding an iphone app.  from tech to retail, from publishing to manufacturing, and more broadly from profit to non-profit — the struggle is the same.

having been a part of the global press institute (gpi) - a global non-profit focused on citizen journalism in developing countries - from the beginning, i can attest first hand that it went through each of the early stages illustrated in the chart above.  

a full six years since its founding, i believe gpi has reached the promised land.  

the organization has solidified its place in dozens of countries around the world, having delivered true impact.  the stature of gpi’s partners, such as the nike foundation, is astonishing.  awareness of gpi is growing, with both its founder and its reporters winning renowned awards.  

momentum has been building over the last few months, with ever improving content, a growing team that is taking on more and more responsibility, and bigger and bigger checks being written to gpi.

i believe the official inflection point came earlier this week when cristi hegranes, gpi’s founder and executive director, was awarded with the ‘young innovator for social justice’ prize from the grinnell college.

the $100,000 award was huge, but perhaps the best part of the award was this video that grinnell produced. please take a moment to share and watch this video. 

here is a link to the official announcement, as well as a link to a fundly page to donate to this great startup.

join me with a donation and welcoming gpi to the promised land.