Are you a failure? We might want to hire you

Are you a failure? We might want to hire you.

We fail at things for all sorts of reasons. We make dumb mistakes, say stupid things and embark on foolish ventures. But does failing at something – at many things, maybe – make us ‘failures’?

On April 23rd 1910, Theodore Roosvelt gave a remarkable speech at the Sorbonne, Paris. Here’s an excerpt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

People – and start-ups – fail for other reasons too. They fail because they stick too doggedly to a bad idea. They run out of money, or their timing is misguided. Their competitors react in unexpected ways. They get unlucky. Markets fail and economies tank. They ‘fail’ because they have unrealistic goals, formed by headline-grabbing outliers like Instagram and Yammer.

So what do you do if you’ve thrown your all into a start-up, and it’s failed? If you’ve still got that entrepreneurial itch but don’t want to shoulder all of the risk, uncertainty and stress of being in a start-up, then you might be interested in something we’re doing at Red Gate.

We believe that people deserve second chances. We believe that entrepreneurship can be learned – if you have the inclination and the will – and that it’s more impressive to try to create something and to fail than to never try at all. We believe that failure is often a natural part of that learning process.

We’re setting up a small team (working directly with me, one of Red Gate’s two founders and CEOs) looking at creating software and services for tomorrow’s software geeks, and we might want to hire you.

We’ve been going for a decade. Some 300 people work here now, and we’ve been in the top 100 companies to work for in the UK for six years running. We have an excellent track record of creating software that people love, mainly for SQL Server and .NET, but we’re now looking at new opportunities.

So, if you’re a failed entrepreneur, check out our jobs page.

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