Thanks for the response and the compliment. Where I work currently, the review isn`t just a form; it`s a process. We start our annual review in June and finish it in September. Ugh! I`m supposed to write out my commitments for the next year, as well as discuss my long term plans with the company. They like to keep their employees around for a while, which is a good thing. I just realized that it`s not what I need out of a career.
And you are correct, it is very easy to become complacent. I didn`t even realize I was complacent at the time. But I had that inner nagging going on for the last 3 or 4 years. I just didn`t listen close enough to know what it was saying to me. So in my opinion, compacency does not equal happimess.
The "alarm clock" that "woke" me was seeing my co-workers emailing each other at 4 in the morning, and I was thinking they were crazy, sacrificing home life (and quality of life) for a little bonus and some flat stock grants, but no real growth potential. (After all, where I work, it`s the VPs that make all the big money for the work we do.) I said to myself "Self, if you ever need, or choose, to work those kinds of hours again, do it on something your passionate about." From there I started to wake up again...
As far as my startup, I`m still trying to hone my elevator pitch, so forgive me if I`m a bit wordy right now. If anyone has ideas on how to hone it, I`m all ears.
My company builds software that makes your life easier (hence the name MYLE Software). I know this is broad, but it`s a guiding principle that has stuck with me for 12 years. If the software or feature doesn`t make your life easier, it isn`t worth writing (or using). After all, software is a tool, and we all like quality tools.
Just as Burt Rutan said he MUST build a commercial space transportation system, I (meaning my company) MUST deliver top-notch family-friendly software.
In phase one, I will be launching a web site that makes it easy for family and friends, who are spread apart geographically, to get together online, in a secure, unique way. I`m trying to keep it super safe for kids and so easy to use that grandma can use it. My target demographics are parents with kids who go off to college, grandparents with children and grandchildren in another state or country, servicemen overseas and more. I apologize for being somewhat vague on the specifics of it right now, but I need to put the finishing touches on it and launch before my competition does next month. Once I have it open, I`ll be sure to describe it in detail here.
In phase two we will be delivering software that keeps us safe online (think parental controls that actually work and are super easy to use). I have a neat design that I may be able to patent, so I can`t say much about the technology behind it right now.
I look forward to more interaction here. Thanks again for the welcome, Craig.
gliderjockey6/29/2008 3:17 AM