life update

December 08, 2023

It's been a while since I last updated here, but unfortunately nothing new to report. The startup I was working on with my 2 teammates feels like a time guzzler where I'm putting my time down the drain. We had no talks of equity so it feels like I'm pretty much working for free and since there is no revenue and it's been abot 6 months of this, it definitely is a waste of time as this point.

Lesson No. 1 - get the paperwork, equity talk etc out of the way before you ever start working with people you don't know

Lesson No. 2 - founding team should be people you know already. Startups are too high risk to start with someone you don't know. People seem nice in the beginning, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going and the assholes, well they do what assholes do. Fuck everything up and make the culture toxic.

Lesson No. 3 - Never EVER work with someone doing a startup part time. Their real allegiance is to the source of their income, not to the startup

Lesson No. 4 - Throw out people who play politics as soon as possible. Politics might have its place in a bigger company, but for a startup and its budding culture, internal politics is a death sentence.

These are some of the things I've learnt in the past few months. I wish I'd learnt them a little earlier, I could've saved myself about 6 months of my life, but that's ok. The learning are more important that the loss.

I have an idea for a product I'm calling Cobrol for now. I'll work on that and this time I'll do it the indie hacker way. Completely by myself until I absolutely absolutely cannot handle it by myself and only then find people aligned me. Until then, working by myself is a better bet. Can't keep taking 2 steps up, 4 steps down.