From the time I was 18 years old and started my first online business with friends from high school, I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wanted to be a founder, run my own show. It took me a long time to get there (like 15 years a long time), but in 2017 I finally had learned to code and launched an app called Graphite Docs.
That app gave me my first true taste of entrepreneurship. It allowed me to quit my day job and focus on my own thing full-time. It was a dream come true. From there, I started another company, this one venture-backed and with a couple co-founders. We went through a startup accelerator and I experienced the fast-paced world of a “true” startup. Still running the show but in a different environment.
When that came to an end, I found a job working with people I like and on a product I not only believe in but used in my own past apps. And I find myself no longer needing or wanting to run a business full-time.
That doesn’t mean I don’t like building things. It just means I want to do it on the side. At least right now. And that’s why my goal with Perligo is to keep it intentionally small. I’m launching a private, invite-only alpha of the app on Friday because I want people testing it but also to control the app’s growth.
Someday, I may return to running my own thing full-time, but for now I enjoy keeping my side projects on the side.