Of course, as soon as I apologized for sending what was supposed to be a monthly newsletter on a weekly basis, my accelerator threw a wrench in my plans to annoy you for a third week in a row, with the two most terrifying words in the program: EPIC. SPRINT.
An "epic sprint" is Founder Institute lingo for a seemingly impossible assignment that you have to complete. Pass, you get to remain in the program. Fail, you face the chopping block.
The first part of this epic sprint was a custom-designed torture test (wait... am I in The Bad Place?). My personal quest was to get a minimum number of customers to sign a Letter of Intent saying they intended to subscribe to Jade.
At first I wondered why this was such an epic task, since Letters of Intent are usually non-binding. How hard could it be to get some people to sign a legally unenforceable fantasy-contract, right?
WRONG. It was hard. Think about it this way: giving a company your email in exchange for a discount code doesn't mean you're legally required to buy anything, but you still don't give your email out to just anyone. (And I wasn't even offering anything sparkly in exchange.)
I managed to get enough signatures just in time to prepare for my next chopping-block experience: the pitch test.
Those who passed their custom test were then required to deliver a 3-minute pitch presentation to a panel of Founder Institute mentors. The mentors rated each pitch, and only those with an above-average score were invited to continue.
TL;DR: I passed, and now I need a nap.