David Smooke: If ugly is functional, ugly is beautiful. If a project covers your expenses, you buy time to grow it. Sacrifice to get in the right room. You can always be more humble. Go for it anyway. If you have a project that's not a startup, it's a good idea to start a startup. If it's ugly, you can make it beautiful. If a product is ugly, it can be ugly. It can be a good thing to say 'I'm sorry' when you're in trouble.