I've been building my startup + working a BigTech job for 18 months. Why? To pay the bills + bootstrap.
Consistent 12-14 hour days, 20+ meetings/day, continuous context-switching between startup/job (to the point where I was sending job emails from my startup email 😂). It's not just about time. Layer in founder stress + family obligations, and I created a pretty gnarly situation for myself.
Last week, I started experiencing ice-pick headaches which turned into fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms, ultimately leading to a fairly disabling viral infection (not covid ICYWW). I avoided screen-time for days, flushed out work from my brain. Finally woke up today, feeling like an alive human, and have made the call to quit my day job, and go all in on the startup.
This is a decision I'll never be comfortable with. I don't come from money, don't have a big safety net, have zero VC/SV connections, and am a first-time founder. But .. I have an amazing family, some personal $$ runway, a product + initial traction, and unending belief.
To all my fellow founders who are at the ledge of the diving board .. whether to go full-time or not - if you've made some start progress, have deep conviction in the idea, can survive for 6 months .. then take the dive. 2021 is our year.