We were the hottest start-up ever
balancing the business case
a red-hot book-to-bill
and vivid burn-rates shrinking assets.
Drink champagne we said.
It was the new economy
where value can be calculated
with goodwill and belief.
We knew we lived inside a Ponzi scheme
were owners gave us more
since we were faster better, bolder.
painting red with black.
Drink more champagne, forget we sang.
But when their cash had dwindled,
and assets turned to ash,
they hanged themselves and left us
going south with a simple choice
or to die from thirst.
We laced the last Champagne with henbane
knowing we’d enjoyed the ride —
I wrote this based partly on an experience of working with a startup that didn’t end well. But I think we handle the worlds in just about the same way which ties well to the first image in Magaly’s prompt at toads.
May 18, 2019