Starting a new company is both challenging and rewarding but most of all it is refreshing. Imagine, for a second, that you could walk away from whatever it is you are doing for a living. Really walk away. Not just take a holiday, but walk away for good from all the day to day triviality. Walk away from the phone calls to return, the full inbox, reporting requirements, and the ever present pressure of management responsibilities.
Just imagine what you could imagine. Essentially this is exactly what I, along with 7 of the smartest guys I have had the great fortune to cross paths with have done. It is amazing at what a great group of people, instilled with persistence and determination can conceive and create when given the environment, opportunity and time.
Just a few short months ago the 8 of us were bogged down with daily responsibilities and duties. Dreams and visions seemed hard to achieve. Product development felt like it was mired in molasses. The list of bugs, maintenance and improvement tasks counted in the thousands. This doesn’t just happen in individual companies. It seems it can affect entire industries as one of the really smart guys, Michael Wurzer points out in this blog post.
But, for now at least, we are free to huddle up here in far away Saskatoon Saskatchewan free from the melee of meetings, inboxes and telephone calls. We are free to hire the brightest minds and build the greatest software. We will make the most of this refreshing opportunity, and we will try, for as long as we can to stave off the weight of daily duties and responsibilities. Ironically, success itself will take its toll on our new found freedom and ensure a return to duties and responsibilities of daily life. But with a little luck, and a ton of persistence, determination and effort we will create a company that sustains and encourages this creative culture no matter our size or success.