Everyone I talk to these days has a similar story in how they got started in technology. My case is not very different. At the age of 4, instead of playing with toys for kids, I played with a computer that was bigger than I was. I truly had an accelerated path towards finding my calling in life.
By the time I had turned 15, I was fully certified as an MCSE, CCNA, and held a number of certifications (that I’m extremely grateful for).
But it wasn’t until the early 2000’s, when I was working as an IT Manager, that I started my first real business.
Fast forward to 2010, two years after having started Webbynode, having worked for multiple fortune 500 companies, having built up companies well in the 7 figures. My business partner and I, supposedly seasoned hi-tech entrepreneurs – decided to tackle a new challenge. It was supposed to be as big as Github. We called it StackFu.
Paul Graham posted an article last year, in which he explained the process of doing things that don’t scale. This is part of the advice they give the startups at YCombinator, but this advice often gets over-looked.
This is unfortunate, because it’s probably the number one way to de-risk any venture. I’m talking about any type of risk; risking your time is as valuable (or even more expensive) than risking your money. The goal is not to ‘never take risks’, but to take on educated risks.
I knew it was a silly idea at first. I set on to leave the corporate world with its well paying, easy hours as an IT Director to start chasing a dream. It was a silly idea indeed.
The first part of this silly idea took me through a journey in which I first dabbled with the “cloud” world, it was a very different cloud of what it has turned into today. Actually, it was just called hosting, great times! But well, this is a space that has changed dramatically over the years, and I’ve also changed with it.