The middle of July will mark my three-year anniversary in the corporate world. It will also signal a new beginning. I am leaving my comfortable, 9-5 job to build a startup. It feels surreal to enter this new chapter in my life; the sum of my past thoughts and actions have led me here and will be my compass as I navigate new, mysterious waters.
I have never done this before and can only speculate based on the experiences of others. One thing I believe I can say for sure – this will be one of the most difficult journeys in my life. Normal people don’t leave a life of security to build a startup. 9 out of 10 startups fail, so why would I voluntarily go down this path?
Craziness mixed with optimism. I dream about a bright future for humanity. Most science fiction I have read feels a bit dystopian in nature. I guess that’s because crisis sells. Objectively though, we have the potential to solve many of the world’s problems and transform what it means to be human. Building a better future requires sacrificing the status quo. I felt a lot of cognitive dissonance accepting a steady paycheck at an established company while also aspiring to “change the world” with a new company. Juggling those two mindsets felt disingenuous, and deep inside, I realized I need to take the next step forward. Waiting opportunistically can be a viable strategy… but creating the opportunity yourself is more decisive.
My mission is simple. I want to help people live healthy and fulfilled lives. Your health is not defined by the few times you visit the doctor’s office. Health is a continuous narrative that ebbs and flows with everyday actions. I want to empower people to take control of their health using real-world data. This is an incredibly challenging problem, and if I even marginally succeed, it will be worth it.
The next few months should prove interesting. I will be working through Y Combinator’s Startup School to build the foundations of this new company (name TBD). On an individualistic note, I need to prioritize sleep, physical fitness and nutrition. Bringing out the best version of myself is necessary for this crazy thing to work, and I can’t let those key pieces slip.
That’s enough writing for now. If you are interested in following me on this journey, I will be blogging and creating a podcast. It’s mainly therapeutic for me, but I hope it’s interesting for others too. When I told my roommate that I was leaving my company to build a startup, he said, “Now I can live my life vicariously through you.” Cheers to that.