Last August I stepped off a plane at the San Francisco airport and faced the most terrifying experience of my life.
Thirty days before that I had a long heart to heart talk with Bobby, the founder and CEO of Saagara and the best boss a crazy kid like me could ask for. It was at that point that I decided to transition out of Saagara and work on my own idea.
The idea itself was this amorphous thing in my head, at the time I had no marketing plan, no code, no prototype. Just a concept and a name. I decided to not return to Michigan in September, and extended my leave of absence indefinitely. And then I buckled down and started planning. And coding. And planning some more.
After living in Ann Arbor for 5 years, I got restless and decided to move somewhere else. Since I was building a web / mobile product, the Bay Area seemed like a natural choice. That and I missed Cheeseboard pizza.
So back to me at the airport, I barely made my connecting flight in Chicago and my checked luggage got left in Chicago. I arrived into Palo Alto with a small carry on and my laptop bag. Luckily the luggage arrived the next day. I stayed with a friends’ family for a week, rented a room in a small town called San Bruno, and got back to work.
I had terrifying moments. I had strangers I met on the caltrain call me crazy and tell me to go back to school and get a proper job. I didn’t care. I was stressed out but I truly believed in what I was doing and loved the ups and downs of the experience. Most importantly, I know the product I am building will change the world. So when everything seemed dark and I was running on empty, that fact sustained me and propelled me forward.
Now I am about to enter a new stage where I put what I learned to the test. This is going to be a fun ride.