I feel like most of the podcasts/blogs/videos I consume focus on the successes...
Tell me about your unsuccessful startup. What went right? What went wrong? What did you learn?
I was interviewed on Failory about exactly this: https://www.failory.com/interview/graphite-docs
Thanks Justin I will give it a read. Just skimmed the first bit, and it's incredibly impressive you taught yourself how to code just to develop graphite.
Thanks! It sounds impressive until you realize I had been trying for nearly 20 years to learn to code before that haha. Seriously though, I always recommend to people now that they should have a project in mind when learning to code. It made all the difference.
As someone who has spent a good amount of time in the work force. How beneficial are your dev skills after working on the project? Do you find yourself coding daily?... maybe I'm asking a silly question here and you are a full-time engineer now haha.
Ha! Not silly. But my skills translated into me moving into an engineering role before I went full time on Graphite. I then founded another company where I was coding every day with two other co-founders. When I left that company, I contracted as an engineer, and now I’m a full time engineer at a company called Pinata.
Thats awesome! Whats IPFS? Also, what does your day to day look like now?
IPFS is a distributed peer to peer file storage protocol. Instead of storing files on Dropbox or Amazon AWS, you essentially self host them or you pay a service like Pinata to store them. The big difference between traditional file storage and IPFS is that everything you store gets a content identifier and when you go to retrieve that content, you retrieve it by the identifier not the location. This all sounds super abstract, but here’s a blog post that hopefully helps: https://medium.com/pinata/what-is-an-ipfs-pinning-service-f6ed4cd7e475
As for my day-to-day, I generally work on the frontend but spend probably 25% to 30% of my time on the backend as well. I’m fortunate that I get to work both on existing functionality and prototype potential new features before we commit to building them.
Thanks man, I really appreciate you taking the time!
There ya go: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/how-my-first-startup-failed-letter-to-the-co-founders-401a51115f
Thanks, I'll give it a read!
Well, I have just opened a new entry but let me put the link here as well. So people who are looking for failure stories, they don't miss the mine :)