There are many reasons to read this lengthy post from Mark Suster, but as you get toward the bottom you get to my favorite part:
I want the definition of startup back. To be used by anybody who is willing to take the risk to quit their corporate job and go out and try and build an innovative, disruptive, tech-enabled business that tries to change the way things work in the world.
And I'd add that it is okay if the "world" you're changing is your town or city, rather than literally, the world.? He signs off with:
It?s also ok not to raise venture capital. To aim at changing a small corner of your world or industry. Or your life.
And I applaud all of you who try.
I applaud as well!