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A coworker explained his idea for a startup and asked me to co-found it. I believe it non-viable, so I declined after some deliberation.

And whenever I think of it, I secretly hope that he will fail. I mean, imagine how stupid I will feel if the startup works out.

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  • 8
    I wouldn't say "stupid", you could always admit you were wrong and be happy for your friend.
  • 6
    @Jilano

    You are clearly just a better person than me.
  • 3
    @TheCommoner282 I agree with you

    Let's be terrible people together
  • 2
    @TheCommoner282 Oh no, not to worry. I'm just trying to put people on the right path so that I have an easier time on the evil one.
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    what I usually do is give them $20 for %2-5 as "good faith".
    that way they dont have tp buy the domain name.

    doesnt work out. hey, its $20. does work out? hey you made a lot of money off a twenty dollar bet.

    odds are better than the lotto, and if your friend has the skills and charisma, why wouldnt you bet on your friends?
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    @Wisecrack
    I said a coworker, not a friend. But still, minor distinction in my current life situation.

    Anyway, he's too smart to give up 2 percent for a measly 20 bucks.
  • 0
    @TheCommoner282 many people are smart in one kind of way but not others.
  • 2
    Most startups do fail indeed, so the odds are in your favor.
    But if your co-worker is smart and experienced enough, he knows that most of his assumptions are pure guesses and eventually, he will need to pivot and update his idea to make his startup work.
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    I do that multiple times, success of a startup doesn’t mean that idea was good or interesting.
    So I always hold my ground, also i am poor.
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