Startup and Career Lessons From The Eagles

October 23rd, 2013 / No Comments »

By Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot

“I was riding shotgun in a Corvette with a drug dealer on the way to a poker game. The next thing I know we’re doing 90. Holding! Big-Time! I say ‘Hey man!’ He grins and goes ‘Life in the fast lane!’ I thought, ‘Now there’s a song title.”‘

You would think the Showtime documentary History of the Eagles is about music.

You would be right – and you would also be wrong.

The story of a band is a lot like the story of the people behind a startup: The ups, the downs, the teamwork and infighting and moments of collective brilliance. The Eagles created a product, but that product was made by people: just like Twitter, or Facebook, or (name any ultra successful company.)

Before you think the comparison doesn’t make sense, keep in mind their Greatest Hits was the top-selling album of the last century. (Yes, I know. That surprised me too.)

And, a related fun fact: The first live concert I’ve ever went to in my life was a Don Henley concert. I was on a date with Kirsten (we later got married). Good times…….