Feelings are universal emotions. But there is one feeling that is almost exclusively the preserve of startup founders. The bittersweet feeling of a startup exit. On the one hand, you experience the joy of shepherding your creation into a new home and gaining the personal freedom that life-changing money delivers. On the other hand, you feel an indescribable sense of loss—a dull, aching pain of losing something that you love and of closing a chapter in your life.
An exit represents an end and a beginning at the same time.
I am at a small cafe in Koramangala, the hub of the startup ecosystem in Bengaluru.