Again a few weeks has passed without my “weekly” report. In the meantime there was:
Can’t say things got less busy since Week 14, on the contrary. That makes this progress report even more important.
This week instead of doing a “past and upcoming week”, let’s have a more bird’s eye overview. The less fixed the destination the more important knowing why am I going the direction I’m going.
Putting into context
Taking a full time job during startup time is almost the biggest change I can imagine stopping short of abandoning a project. I don’t plan to abandon this one, fortunately.
The purpose is to build a better foundation, upon which Moonpunch can progress better in the future. This is not the same as “doing practice before the real thing”, but more along the lines of now I also know what are the traits, skills, and resources that I am missing. Looks like VIA can be a place where I can leverage what I’m good at, and also improve on what I’m not (yet):
- electronics skills: if my plan is to design and develop electronics, I’d better start doing them. Also, why not learn from people who do that for a living, and are very good at it. As opposed to the Chinese electronics houses that just churn out boards after boards, VIA is making stuff that is stable, that works, and stays for a long time. Exactly as it is needed in a lab
- teamwork: while I enjoy being solo founder, I did start to feel that a group can be more than the sum of the people. It’s both important to learn how to use the best the skills of those you have, and how to choose the people to work with in the first place.
- real international exposure: VIA is a global company, and I have no choice but to think globally too. Opportunities, challenges, cultures, all play a part and all different from limiting myself (unintentionally) to what’s in walking distance.
- make your own path: I’m fortunate enough to have considerable freedom in making choices how do I attack opportunities, and even how to choose what are opportunities (within limits, of course). Doing that with the resources of a large organization can be very eye opening.
A lot of my inspiration is from books I read (especially ones recommended by friends). The current influencer is The Black Swan, with the core message: all the changes in life come from single, rare, unpredictable, large impact events. The best strategy seems protecting from disastrous, large negative impact events, and expose myself to environments with more potential positive outcomes. Basically: have insurance and keep an eye out.
Of course this strategy is being tested right now. As for practical steps:
- create some electronics designs to learn the workflow
- re-evaluate which one of my device plans can be now more approachable to make
- find existing communities that share the vision of open science & open hardware, to collaborate with
And also, try have a good time. TGIM. ;)