Really excited about this forum, it’s the forum I didn’t know I needed.
So I’ve also broken the rules a bit and replied in a few discussions while I oriented myself. I’ll have another beer by way or reparation.
I’m an Aussie, from Melbourne originally, now living (for the past 3 months) in Leuven, Belgium. I quit my job about a year ago with a Really Cool Idea for a product that was definitely only going to take a few months to take off, driven primarily by word of mouth. I spent a few months trying to get funding because I thought that was the thing to do, and ended up hating the whole experience. I’d lost my way already.
Then, within a couple of weeks, two things happened. I got offered a decent contract in small-town Illinois, and an angel investor said he could probably hook me up with $150k - just what I’d spent 6 months working towards! Fantastic!
I turned him down and took the contract.
Spent 3 months over Thanksgiving and Christmas is Nowhere, Illinois; worked with some really great, friendly people, it was a good gig. More importantly, with nothing else to do, I spent evenings in the hotel discovering about this whole ‘bootstrapping’ concept. On drives around Illinois, I listened to a few podcasts (although I hadn’t found bootstrapped.fm at that point). Batteries recharged, full of energy, I turned down an extension and went back to the startup!
And, it’s actually a slog, but I’m enjoying it, I’m making progress. I need to step outside my comfort zone and release/sell the damn thing - I’m starting to do more on that front. I probably actually spent the recommended 50% of time on marketing efforts this week
This story needs a better ending… that was slightly anti-climatic. Sorry guys. Working on it.
Hey wow, I’ve read back through this and realised I haven’t said annnything about what I’m actually doing. Already too long though. My landing page is at www.traceemailstudio.com, blog is at danielstudds.com. I’m on twitter as @danielstudds.
Looking forward to get to know you all better!