On Being An Entrepeneur

So the term Entrepeneurship is a bit loose in meaning. However, over the last several years I’ve come to realize that it very much applies to me.

I grew up in the midwest where there just wasn’t a whole lot of focus on business. After college I started to look around at a lot of things happening in the world around me and was surprised to see so much happening. I can’t figure out why I didn’t see what was happening earlier, while I was in school. Must have been too focused on passing the next test and figuring out when I’d get the next mountain bike ride in to notice dot-com bubble inflating. I moved out to San Francisco in early 2000. Right at the tail end of the gold rush. This was purely by luck though, as my primary goal for relocation had been Atlanta at the time. Since I’ve been out here though, I’ve been learning more each day about engineering, science, and business than I ever did in school.

Some of the lessons in business have been the most astounding. To see first hand some of the insanity that happens, and is considered normal, was amazing. I never realized how spot on Dilbert was until I started to live in that world.

At this point though, I’ve come to realize that what I really want to do is to be able to create my own product vision, grow it and launch it. I’m driven by the fact that I don’t think I can ever be happy spending my years working trying to make someone else’s dream come true. To really feel that I’ve accomplished something in life I have to make one of my dreams come true.

So now the problem is, what is a dream worthy of following that actually has a chance of being succesful? Working in the Bay Area and talking with other engineers I’m still amazed at some of the dreams they choose to chase after. Putting Google ads on your new web based app is not a business plan, but there are so many startups getting funding with little more behind their idea than that.

I’ve currently got an idea in the oven. It’s been baking a little while now and seems to be rather promising. I’ll fill in the details as it gets closer to being done. Hopefully, this is the dream that I get to fulfill. In the meantime I’m going nuts, which is what being an entrepeneur really means.