Svpply Founder Admits: “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing”

ben pieratt Svpply Founder Admits: I Have No Idea What Im DoingIn the annals of CEO blog postings, Ben Pieratt”s recent writings on the challenges of running Svpply stand out for their bracing honesty.

I have zero experience or expertise in building a company. I’ve never worked at a web or product startup, I’ve never worked in a healthy team environment. The design studio I co-owned was flawed to its core, and the companies I’ve worked at have had mediocre management.

So I’m learning on the fly.

Things I don’t know how to do that I have to learn soon or Svpply will fail:

– How to find and recruit talent
– Recruiting the appropriate kind of talent
– Managing people and keeping them fulfilled in their work
– How to develop and design a work schedule
– How to communicate a vision

Speaking publicly about the slow development of new features, the bouts of worry and depression and the deep technical problems at his company was probably a relief for Pieratt. It generated an burst of support from the Tumblr community and drew attention from various media outlets. The post is title “My Job Pt. 1 – I have no idea what I’m doing”, and Pieratt’s investors and employees are no doubt waiting to see what he reveals next.


  1. sorry but why is there no link to his blog or to svpply in this blog post?

  2. Labathroomremodeling says:

    Running a business is tough.  Until my los angeles bathroom remodeling company, I had the same trials and tribulations as you did.