Here’s the deal. I looked around for one good source, one decent outlet for news and reportage on the Valley’s “start-up culture,” but couldn’t find one. Sure, there were a few scattered news stories in the paper, but nothing in-depth and on-going.
To clarify: Not THAT Valley, but this whole ‘nother valley here in Virginia, the Roanoke Valley. Y’all should come visit.
Anyway, it was a Dead End, so this first entry represents something of a rightaboutface, a three-point turn in that search cul-de-sac. I’m gonna take this old jalopy (huh? What jalopy?) out on the information superhighway and just EMBODY the change I want to see in the world. (A blog is the change you want to see in the world? Please, lower your expectations before life rips your shit to shreds.)
I am not going to be cynical. I am not going to make this about myself. I am not going to make this about my pit bull, who regularly rips my shit to shreds.
I am, instead, writing this thing for ONLY ONE PURPOSE.
Oh, you want me to explicitly state that purpose? I thought it was obvious enough that I wouldn’t have to spell it out for you. Ok, I’m going to write about “start-up culture in the Roanoke Valley.” Duh.
I imagine this could be difficult. And when I say difficult, I mean there will be words and also typing of words. So yeah. But, again, I went looking for a resource and it apparently doesn’t exist, so dagnabbit, somebody has got to do this thing!, and I guess that somebody is me until I get bored with it. I’ll just take it one step at a time. As they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And also additionally too, you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.
And I’m not going to be cynical or snarky starting on my very next post.
Speaking of, here is how I see the path forward in future posts (leave a comment if you have additional ideas [eternal silence of slumbering keyboards]): discuss resources for local start-ups, e.g. access to capital and adequate work space; interviews with local techie types; rambling opinions; pithy musings on muesli; and other start-up issues.
So let’s briefly recap. Roanoke Valley start-up culture. News. Information. Pit bulls. Muesli.