The Lonely Road
If it has ever occurred to you to start something, you know how lonely that can get. If you do that chronically, you probably over-estimate your abilities, have a high threshold for pain, or you’re downright insane. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Welcome Drew Graham. Let’s kick some ass.
For almost a year, I did this alone. I started a company in a foreign country, in a language I barely speak (getting better at it), in the city of traffic jams.
It was hell. I would not recommend the ‘sole founder’ approach to anyone.
(Insert ten months’ worth of whinging)
Yet every time someone asked, ‘why are you a sole founder?’
I found my answer to be somewhere between ‘because I haven’t met the right person’ and resignation. Singapore is not the Valley. Singapore is a land of risk-averse people who would pick a prestigious-sounding multi-national over plucky little companies, even if they paid them more. Singapore is a land of highly paid jobs, insanely high rentals and cost of living, so there’s no wonder that few of us choose to make that leap. (Why do I do it? I started early, and there’s no going back.)
Meeting the right co-founder is possibly harder than meeting the right life partner. You pull late nights, need to know you can count on them, eat with them, fly with them, drink with them, hustle with them, and generally spend more time with them than you would with your family. You even get haircuts with them (see pic above for co-founders’ co-haircuts).
That person seemed, for a time, unattainable. :)
I’m happy to announce that today my friend and fellow hustler Drew Graham has joined me on my journey at Wobe, as my co-founder and all around hustler companion. Our plates are scarily stacked to the ceiling at the moment, possibly beyond, which can only mean great things are afoot.
Thank you for coming on this crazy adventure with me. I promise I’ll pack two pairs of pants, maybe even a map.