how arrrre you? – Ever wondered what this Blackbeard-, Jack-Sparrow-memory-jabbering is all about? Yeah, it is pretty fun, manly and original. Still, we didn’t start this pirate-thing because of that or because it allows us to grow a cool beard and drink rum before 10 a.m.. Also this has got nothing to do with any political orientation (see Piratenpartei).
In late 2010 we read an amazing article by entrepreneur and founder of TechCrunch, Michael Arrington. He asked ‘Are you a Pirate?’ and talked about making decisions and taking risks in life. Also he used an analogy, comparing entrepreneurs to pirates and, in our opinion, really nailed it.
According to Arrington there always is a safe way to chose: Ordering at the same pizza place because you know it is kind of good. Sticking to your unhappy relationship because it is easy. Keeping up with your boring job because it is well-paid. All very convenient.
Entrepreneurs, however, seek adventure, want excitement and feel a spark. They accept that their way isn’t safe, easy or convenient. They put their heart into something even though being aware that only few ‘of their kind’ survive or make a big fortune. And isn’t that exactly what a pirate’s life looked like? Being on a boat, jammed together with a crew day and night, sailing here and there without knowing if there will be a big haul or not. Struggle, hunger, thirst, and what for? It is the pirate life itself, states Arrington. Does that ring ring a bell?
It did for us. So here we are: Pirates since 2010.