The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

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The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

The more we analyze Gollum’s character in  J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, the clearer,the more striking the similarities between him and startup CEOs become. Perhaps we’re too geeky. Perhaps we spend too much reading anything related to startup, but who cares. We’re proud of our geekiness.  We, at Task Unicorn, simply find this gem of a realization funny, laughable—the way Ben Horowitz made fun of himself as a startup CEO.

This is something we can contribute to the burgeoning bank of startup memes out there. You see, Gollum is obsessed with the Ring, and so is the founder with his business. Too geeky? 😭 At many points in their parallel lives, both were torn between their lust for the ring and their desire to be free of such desire. And Gollum’s obsession led to his own demise. This is indeed a cautionary tale.

So, we wonder if entrepreneurs can laugh at themselves. They surely can, can’t they? Startup memes are everywhere, and they’re just fun and funny to read (and somehow burns a bit,) especially if you’re a struggling entrepreneur yourself or you have a friend or two about to embark in a Tolkien-like adventure called startup.

So we gonna add up to the fun.

Here they are.

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

Startup founders to investors be like: We swears to serve the master of the precious. We will swear on the . . . on the precious. Click To Tweet

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

When another startup launches an achingly familiar product: they stole it from us. My precious. Curse them, we hates them. It's ours, it is, and we wants it! Click To Tweet

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

When a founder found that precious idea: I found it, I did. The way through the marshes. Orcs don't use it. Orcs don't know it. They go round for miles and miles. Come quickly. Soft and quick as shadows we must be. Click To Tweet

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

When another startup launches an achingly familiar product: we wants it. We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked. Tricksy. False. Click To Tweet

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

Startup founders to investors be like: We be nice to them if they be nice to us. . . We swears to do what you wants. We swears. Click To Tweet

The Striking Similarities of Startup CEOs and Gollum

When a founder found that precious idea: It came to me. My own. My love. My own. My precious. Click To Tweet