Archive for September 2008
Welcome to Raveable.com a new travel site. Why does Raveable exist?
This simple question has a multi-part answer. For now I’ll limit it to my personal reasons for why I decided to leave Microsoft and take the entrepreneurial leap.
Why did I ultimately decide to start my own company?
- Developing my skills as an entrepreneur felt important: For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to start my own business. I also think the world is changing in favor of the entrepreneur. Companies will rise and fall faster and more frequently. Employees will move around more. Those whom have developed the skills to start and build a company will be more likely to benefit in the new world.
- Big Challenges: I am happiest when I have a big new challenge that keeps me up at night and occupies my mind.
- Competition: The free-market is the most competitive “sport” there is. If you succeed at this game you have succeed amongst the elite. I LOVE to compete and constantly want to up the ante. The corporate world shields you from this more than most realize.
- Risk/Reward: I love how free-markets punish failed companies without remorse (with the exception of the government bailouts as of late :) ) and reward success with both fame and fortune. It became clear to me starting a company is the only way to get the right effort/reward and risk/reward balance.
- Clear problems: I like working on clear problems where the solution can be measured by the usefulness to end customers. Startups must solve a real problem in order to get off the ground and execute well to survive.
- Growth: For me starting a business was the best way to always be in the driver seat of ensuring I get smarter, personally stronger and stay adaptable.
- Birds of a feather: I love surrounding myself with others who are consumed by what they are working on, people who are facing their fears and pursuing their dreams. I believe people working at a start-up most reflect these qualities.
- Facing my fears: Leaving behind a well paying job at a top company with lots of advancement opportunities (thank you Microsoft) is not easy. However, I realized the riskiest decision I could ever make (especially in the tech industry) was to not take big calculated risks. How many people really want to do something but don’t because of the fear of failure.
- Passion: I have a lot of personal passion for what we will be working on.
I’d be curious to know if anyone is measuring the number of people leaving the big tech companies to start their own businesses. Through my highly biased lens it seems a higher number of people are going out on their own especially considering the current economic conditions. Has anyone built a list of people leaving Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple etc.. to start their own companies? Might be interesting to follow and track.
For the next post I’ll tell you why the world desperately needs a better way to help you find the right hotel.