It's 1.30am on a Tuesday morning. My last day in my corporate job is four days away, after which I launch myself out of a figurative plane without a parachute and yell to myself... WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING MAN??
Doing a startup has always been on the agenda in life. But just exactly what business, and how does one even get started? I've been with the bank for the past 7 years - all rosy good news every year, in no small part due to the the Federal Reserve printing money to keep the American economy (and the rest of the world) running at a healthy pace. But while life is good and safe, there's always that attraction of running my own business that beckons to me - the freedom to live life without worrying about reaching office late. About not needing to play the give-and-take game when planning my leaves with colleagues. And doing things that I actually believe in, and not mundane paperwork or untangling bureaucratic processes.
So my friend and I, a technical wizard and a corporate warrior, decided to go around looking for opportunities to give us a kick-start, and maybe a kick in the butt to get us going. Our first successful pitch was to the NTU Ideasinc 2015 accelerator, which gave us some encouragement. Ok, even more than that, it actually told us that our idea wasn't half bad, and lo and behold, we got into the final 15. From there on, things happened faster. We secured an audience with an investor, we pitched and repitched, tweaked our business model, and finally signed on one of the most important documents in our lives - a term sheet.
We were funded.
So with the machinery in place and running, even more things fell into place. My friend and I left our jobs, started proper coding, business planning, content writing, logo designing, T&C writing, bank account opening... Well, basically, it is really a lot work. And we're just getting started. Follow this blog, as I pen my thoughts on running this startup, and the various lessons I've learnt (and will learn) throughout my adventure here.
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Mostly startup and tech stuff. An occasional rant or two. Travel-related articles are published on my other blog.