A Letter to My 22 Year Old Self on Entrepreneurship
... and if you come up with anything, i'll be your first customer interview!
Details on me (as a potential customer):
~$2,200 / mo, per kid(HOLY M$#*@#FUCK... 🤦🏻♂️) for tuition (~$22k per year, 10 months). Ugh. we are planning on ditching this soon, which is why i’m ready to get back to unschooling.
I'm sharing this because my private school doesn't have their shit together and can't seem to understand what "lean software development" is. They've made up a "curriculum" from scratch and it already looks like it's going to fail—parents don't know how to even install Zoom on their kids computers and the logistics is going to be a goddamn living nightmare (starts tomorrow... march 16th).
yes, i'm frustrated because this "solution" doesn't feel worth the money that they still want to charge me. yes, yes, and yes... contracts and all that good stuff and maybe
#covid19 will be temporary yadayadayada....
i'm sharing this because i think a bunch of creative, motivated folks can come together and build some new solutions for a newly-remote and distributed world, especially for children and education. and, this matters because these are my kids and i'm ultimately responsible for their education.
i'm currently building my own venture-backed startup, so... i can't build anything in this space right now, but, i did build an edtech company (sold to fortune 300) previously and i know how hard it can be to serve parents and children.
so... i'm volunteering my family as tribute to your new edtech project. start a new profile here in IH, launch a new product, and interview me about what you think you're going to build.
i think there's a huge market for folks, like me, who will pay for great software and education experiences.
let's go fucking do it. i'm ready to help.
I found an old picture of me and my wife when we visited the
Hunger Games Exhibition here in San Francisco a few years ago: