How I accidentally became a founder (Part 1)
Hello non-existent readers, it's me again, trying to keep this project alive!
Today I want to write about how I accidentally became a founder of a startup. One thing though that I will not be doing in the course of this blog life is to tell who I really am or which startup I work for because that would bring too much unwanted attention to the company and the people behind it. I will alter only the names and be generic enough that people that work there today won't realize it's about their company (unless you're a very observant person which is rare these days but that's a subject for another blog post).
Anyway, it's 2010 and I'm just getting my BEng on Computer Engineering and I was completely at a loss as to what to do next. Most of my classroom colleagues were choosing established companies to work for as consultants (think of the likes of McKinsey, etc), risk analysts or (the smart ones) as programmers for what was then the Big Five (in our case more like the big three, namely Microsoft, Google and Facebook).
I never considered myself a particularly good software engineer and to be honest, my only experience at that point was at a software house that was incubated inside our campus (pretty mediocre job but paid the bills in a time that I didn't have the support of either parent), so I wasn't feeling very confident I would land a job at one of the big three (I have it today though). I didn't want to work for generic banks or do consultancy gigs because despite being an average joe in computers, I still wanted to give software engineering a try.
As luck would have it, my OOP teacher was opening a business, a startup. It was a chance to do something different, acquire experience and skills in the area I worked my ass off for in the five years of my undergrad. I don't know what he saw in me but I got a job offer and I immediately accepted!
The startup gave me a chance to work with some of the most intelligent , risk driven people and kind of made me put myself out there (forced me to do networking, etc). It sparkled a sense of entrepreneurship inside me that I didn't know I had. It taught me how to be a good programmer and be more confident. For 2 years, it was a hell of an experience, a total roller coaster, for better and for worse. Until one of the key founders fell ill and for 8 months was nowhere to be found…