This weekend is the Stanford GSB one year reunion. I figure now's a good time reflect on the time since graduation.
When I graduated last June, I aimed to start my own company. I hadn't settled on an idea but knew I loved entrepreneurship. My intention was to spend three to six months iterating on ideas, trying to find one I liked enough to build a team and raise funding.
My method was usually something like this:
- Find an awesome thesis (usually based on a new technology or social pattern)
- Generate product/service ideas based on that thesis
- Validate/kill the idea by speaking with potential customers / experts / investors
- Do I fall out of love with the idea?
I've continued to push my coding abilities and I'm now confident I can quickly prototype any startup idea I have; that's a really powerful feeling.
I've written a bit on my growth here so I won't say much else...
If you're interested in learning yourself, I wrote this for Digital Trends: Coding for the Rest of Us
Here are a few things I've built:
- Karma! - Karma visualizer for Reddit
- Ecosystem - Dynamic, interactive art
- Personal Homepage - Always iterating on this
- Ditch the Conference - Fake site for Hype Up Weekend
- Steal This Idea - My excuse to learn NodeJS/MongoDB
As I was churning through my own startup ideas, I began taking on consulting gigs with other startups. This proved to be great for a few reasons.
- I love working with other entrepreneurs
- A wide array of challenges kept me intellectually stimulated and I got to use a variety of MBA skills
- The income helped me extend my runway
I've been blogging regularly since January and enjoying it. It helps me articulate my thoughts and improve as a writer. I highly recommend starting.
Part of my motivation is Iron Blogger, a group of SF bloggers who commit to writing one post per week; if we don't post, we put $5 in the pot. Once there's enough money we go drinking. So far I haven't missed a week!
I've also written for Digital Trends - a large, professional tech blog. I enjoyed that experience and hope to write for them again.
Living in San Francisco
I moved up to SF in August and love it up here. I'm living in the Mission neighborhood, which is teeming with entrepreneurs / startups. I've met a ton of awesome people and had a lot of fun. Living up here exposes me to a lot more serendipity than down in South Bay.
I'm very glad I moved up to the city and will likely be here for a while!
While I still want to start my own company, I'm keeping the bar very high. I hope to find an idea I love but I'm not counting on it happening soon.
I can continue my consulting indefinitely but am open to joining a company full time. Again, I'm keeping the bar really high; I need an amazing team with an incredible vision.
It's been an awesome year since graduation and I'm excited to see what the next year brings.