I can’t begin to describe how exciting the last few months have been. This entire thing started a few years ago at Sock Summit 2009, where I was talking to some fellow knitters and playing around with Kindles and other book readers. There is really nothing like getting together with a group of like minded folks who are passionate about the same things as you. The experience was overwhelming. These conversations sparked all sorts of thoughts in my mind over the next year or so, nothing really coalescing into a Grand Vision. But then I started to play around with new tablet technology, and threads of a thought started coming together. About 4 months ago I uttered what I now believe to be the most exciting and scary phrase in the English language:
“I have an idea…”
And I uttered them to someone who listened and thought perhaps the idea might just be possible, and that it might be fun to give it a go.
A few months later I find myself with a partner, a business, a website (and BLOG!), a whack of expenses, and the start of some very exciting software. It is all a bit scary, and I often wonder if anyone else will think it is a good idea, or if it will be seen as one of the silliest things ever undertaken. Now, as I’ve grown up (not there yet, thank-you!) I’ve developed a basic credo to follow. When I’m going to do something scary and new, I start by asking myself “What’s the worst that could happen?”. If the answer is I could die, or be dismembered, or cause another person pain, then I often leave that idea well enough alone (not always, remind me to tell you of the time I went heli-skiing as a lowly intermediate skier with hardly any coping skills). But for this idea, the very worst that could happen was I would end up loosing some investment (which would be bad, but would not leave me or my partner homeless), with some cool software that I could put to good use (even if no one else did). Also, my partner and I would come away having learned lots of new skills, and that is never a bad thing.
So we are off! I hope you will come on this journey with us.