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Chasing the sun

15 Aug

Day 6

This may have been the morning that I’ve slept in the latest since the news broke.  Getting out of bed at 10:30 was nice, and I felt more refreshed, and more ready to face today.

Learning from yesterdays conversations that it’s hard to go at it alone sometimes, I began to look at business plan competitions, incubators, and different start-up communities that I could belong to, and think of possible partners who might be interested in doing this project with me.  The East Coast start-up community has grown and expanded quite a bit since I last joined a business plan competition a few years back, and though I’ve been engaged by attending and demoing my B2B mobile app for market testing, I haven’t gotten involved as a start-up for quite some time.  As I read through an “American Idol” for start ups, I smile at the thought that while the tech landscape has been growing and developing, thankfully so have I, and it’s good to know that there are so many communities that I could take part in.  Sometimes it’s not just the funding, but the mentoring and the motivation to keep going when you know when you feel like you can’t take another step forward.

Eager to get started with designing a tangible look and feel for the product, it became a priority to uncover user needs and concretely determine what gap in the market this product would serve.  Thanks to a mentor at work who has recently taught me how to ask better exploratory questions, I composed a discovery questionnaire and scheduled a dinner with a Friend who travels extensively.  I will need many of such meetings, but might as well hit two birds with one stone and validate my idea whenever I meet people  so I can begin working towards a solid concept. For some reason, my time feels much more precious now that it I’m responsible for every minute of it.  I know of others who assume when you are unemployed, you have all the time in the world to squander.  But as my first week has proven out, it feels quite the contrary with a great sense of urgency.

Whether to look for another job or try to start my own business is still a lingering question.  But it’s good to have data to work with, as knowing whether an idea will serve a validated customer need can help shape that decision.  At the same time, I’m starting to get the sense that my subconscious has decided which direction it wants to head. The fact that I am dragging my feet on editing my resume, versus jumping on the opportunity to work on my own idea, makes me wonder whether it’s fear or stubborn determination. Only time will tell.