My Next Career Experiment — HBS Here I Come

Wade Anderson
Jul 25, 2017 · 2 min read

I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. As many young kids, I sold lemonade from my front yard. That’s me in the middle of the photo above wearing my green soccer jersey. I don’t think we made much money on that first venture.

Before my LDS mission I jumped into people’s window wells and cleaned them out. It was a dirty job and I met many eight legged friends. I called it Wade’s Windows and Wells and I loved it. I remember hiring my brother for one job where we made $300!

During my undergrad I started a company called Novi Security. My partners and I raised money and ran the company for three years. I left two years ago after I ran out of money. I told my wife I’d try out a “real job” for a while.

I joined Microsoft intending to test a hypothesis about myself. I wagered that I wouldn’t be able to stand working for a big company. I figured I’d be looking for a startup gig within six months.

I was wrong, hypothesis 100% invalidated. Microsoft was an incredible place to work. I was treated very well by everyone I worked with. I worked on a fantastic product (VS Code) and felt I had the two things I loved from startup land: autonomy and impact.

Microsoft was a great career move for me, but now is the time for a change. I want to get back into business ownership. I’m going back by starting an MBA program at Harvard Business School. Its going to be a big career experiment. I’m betting big on connections, case study pedagogy, and new life experiences.

I’m not sure exactly what business I want to get into. I want to get back into the school environment, meet a ton of new people and be exposed to new ideas to help me incubate my own ideas. It might not be the most popular choice among my startup friends, but its absolutely the right one for me.

Thank you Microsoft and thank you to others who have helped me in my career so far. I’ve been lucky to work with some of the most talented teams in the world.

Time to jump in feet first!

P.S. If you want a lemonade, tweet me. I’m selling a glass for 1 bitcoin plus shipping and handling.

Wade Anderson

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Entrepreneur. Past: PM @Microsoft, CEO Novi Security