Goodbye, Montreal

Failure is the beginning of a new adventure.


Montreal has been my home for 11 years, and I have never thought of leaving. The gentle breezes rolling off the Saint Laurent river, the summer festivals and fireworks, the countless restaurants and terraces, and limitless new places to discover, made me fall in love with the city. But it’s time to say goodbye.

In 2013, I joined a local startup. It was my dream job to design and make products that could solve a real problem. I didn’t care working long hours for free or for an entry-level salary. I didn’t care that my cofounder status was nothing more than just a title. It was a fun time and I felt good about myself.

After graduating from McGill last summer, I didn’t look for other opportunities, I stayed. Although there were many signs that the company could fail, I stayed. I entered a new relationship, adpoted a cute kitten named after a Japanese popstar, bought lots of good stuff so I could settle here, in the city I love so much.

Then in September, My dream was crushed. The product I was working on was put on hold indefinitely. I was told that everything was fine, that it will be resumed in a month, but I haven’t heard anything from the cofounders ever since. I stopped answering messages from friends who cared about me. I stayed home all day playing video games. I locked myself up and cried, reflecting why things went wrong. I was drowning into a black hole, and I didn’t know which way to go.

Fast forward four months. I booked a one-way flight to China, where I will be starting a new startup with a team of people I trust. I wholeheartedly thank everyone who helped me and believed in me during my tough time, and I’m grateful that my failure gave me courage to pursue a better future. The future is still unknown, but I have escaped the lowest point of the roller coaster. The only way to go is up.

I’ve launched a website to sell my stuff. Please visit http://ryo.lu/shop/#/

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