Friday, July 14, 2017

I Jumped!

And, it's official!  I jumped.

I left my role as Engineering Manager at Intel to build my own startup company.  No details available other than "stealth startup".  I am actively recruiting for co-founders, advisors, angel investors, business/strategic partners, and interns (all equity only).  My personal runway is sufficient to get started and I am open to short term (preferably part time) consulting gigs to extend.

I am planning between 2 and 3 weeks of vacation before starting full time.  First, a week in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah, then a weekend of hiking in Point Reyes, and a few days here and there by the coast.

Needless to say, this will be a challenge.  I have never started a company before.  Success to me means the ability to engage in deliberate practice and the exponential professional/personal growth that I expect will follow; company growth, market traction, revenue generation, etc., while important, are all secondary for now.

My belief is that the limiting factor in this endeavor is myself and, therefore, I am spending the necessary energy for my own "upkeep".  Besides the obvious aspect of time management; nutrition, sleep, exercise, and (yes) meditation are key components to the plan.  If the company "fails" because I "need" to cut corners - so be it.

Fear exists in this statement, but is irrelevant.  Here, Susan Jeffers offers the five truths about fear:

  • The fear will never go away as long as you continue to grow!
  • The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and…do it!
  • The only way to feel better about yourself is to go out and…do it!
  • Not only are you afraid when facing the unknown, so is everyone else!
  • Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the bigger underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness!
Wish me luck!

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