This is a neat little story about the starup scene, and, from what I read, is fairly typical.
1. Guys move to the SF Bay area
2. Invent a product that flops
3. But their by-product flies!
4. JUST successful enough to survive (literally and professionally).
5. Now they know their stuff and get started for real.
In my head, entrepreneurship (of the young guns tech variety) is all about chucking yourself at an incredibly steep learning curve and persevering.
Minimum Requirements: Boundless motivation, comfortable with life in the bottom income quintile and enough coding skill to stay afloat. All while you learn.
Self-imposed desperation as your motivating force? How SWPL.
I can relate. But that ship has sailed for me.
I already have too much to lose!