I recently quit my job to try something both fantastic and frightening. I’m starting a company with my friend John. It’s called Runscope. We’re building tools to make it easier to work in an API driven world.
We’re still “Under Construction” ;) but we’ve got some good feedback so far. There will be more news on Runscope later… this post is about something different.
It’s a long road from idea to company to successful company. There’s already so much that I have learned in the short few months I’ve been at it, and there will continue to things that I am surprised by. Leaving a nice, structured, secure job to jump headfirst into an unknown is a big step.
The most striking thing to me so far is that everything takes time. Startups, naturally, move fast, look for quick growth, and aren’t for those who can’t keep up. But when every fiber you have is telling you to go faster, there are things that just take time. Be prepared to spend time waiting on lawyers, waiting on leases, waiting on the next cup of coffee to brew — just to name a few.
You constantly want to be done with everything yesterday, but there’s always a tomorrow and something new to wait for on the horizon. So my advice to myself is: Take a deep breath. Keep getting stuff done, be patient, and don’t worry about the little things.