The Why

In the past couple of decades, start-up ecosystems have sprouted worldwide, leaving virtually no region untouched. This paradigm shift, and the intrinsic complexities associated with it, call for pragmatic, rigorous, and thoughtful analysis.

The Realistic Optimist is a weekly publication that does just that: keeping and interpreting the pulse of our recently globalized startup scene.

Diligently written by Timothy Motte, former founder of GrowHome (a startup connecting Palestinian startups to investors in the Palestinian diaspora) and now building operations at Collective, a VC-backed startup based in Paris.

The Model

The Realistic Optimist seeks to keep its editorial independence, focusing on depth and substance over “click-ability”.

The most logical business model to adopt was thus a paid subscriber one. For only $7/month, paid subscribers get access to 30+ paywalled pieces as well as a new deep-dive delivered to their inbox every Thursday.

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The Vision

The Realistic Optimist is building, step by step, the referential media company covering the globalized startup scene.

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Making sense of the globalized startup scene.


Timothy Motte

Former founder of GrowHome, a platform enabling diasporas to mentor and invest in start-ups back home. Currently building Ops at Collective, a Paris-based, VC-backed startup enabling freelancers to form teams to take on more extensive projects.