Startup founder psychology: Between euphoria and terror

Edited except from The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz:

Marc: Do you know the best thing about startups?

Ben: What?

Marc: You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances both of them.

Notes:
(1) Thank you Guy Cohen for the tip.
(2) Guy: “As founder and CEO of Seeking Alpha, do you feel the same way?” Me: “Yes. But because we’ve reached critical mass, it’s more clawing anxiety (about insufficient growth) than terror (about total failure).”
(3) Cf. (i) The psychology of startup founders and (ii) Finally, someone understands: What it’s like to be a CEO.

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