I’m sat in Monmouth coffee on a lovely Monday morning waiting for my startup co-founder, Phil, to arrive.
You read so many stories about people giving it all up to follow their dream. Well, this isn’t really one of those stories.
It’s more by a strange twist of fate that I left my job at the agency Made by Many last Friday and am now sat here in the late summer London sun with no salary and no office.
I met my business partner two or three years ago whilst freelancing in a shared office space on Greek street in Soho. We did some small pieces of work together and stayed in touch after I joined Made by Many in June 2009.
18 months ago he asked if I would like to be part of his last startup but the timing wasn’t right. I was in the process of moving house, sorting mortgages and embedding myself in Made by Many. Fast forward to a couple of months ago and Phil asked me if I wanted to be a part of his latest idea. This time it felt right. The idea instantly made sense to me and I wanted to be a part of it. Also, after 12 years of agency life I felt it was time for a change; to (part) own my own ‘thing’ and witness the other side of the internet industry away from client services.
I’m excited and scared in equal measure with a renewed enthusiasm for the work I do.
The next few months are going to be interesting.