I joined my first startup at the butt-end of the bubble, was employee #44, earned some great experience, worked with some amazing people, and many who just plain werenâ€™t.Â I survived a few rounds of layoffs, but finally was out of work when the company ceased to be an ongoing concern in the Spring of 2003.Â Thinking Iâ€™d learned all I needed to do this on my own, I jumped into a few more startups as number two or one.Â All seemed like â€œthe next big thingâ€, were interesting, educational, and exciting.Â All were failures.Â It was okay though as I had a good day job.
That job has been so good that Iâ€™ve spent the last year since out sonâ€™s birth working only four days a week.Â Â Not working from home on Fridays, but not working on Fridays â€¦ three day weekends every weekend.Â I spent those Fridayâ€™s with the boy – something Iâ€™d recommend to anyone and everyone with their first (or nth) little one if they can pull it off.Â Sure I love my weekends when all three of us are together, but being one on one all day is totally different and rocks.
Anyway, tomorrow Iâ€™ll walk out of that great, stable job for another startup.Â This Friday the little one will turn one.Â Â More than a few people have told me that I am crazy.Â But if youâ€™ve every had to do something, known it was the right thing for you, just known that this was a problem you have to try to solve, then you understand.
Thereâ€™s a investment adage that I first heard from Harvey Salkin in his Personal Investment class back in college.Â It went something like â€œthe cardinal sin of investing is thinking that this time will be differentâ€.Â Â I canâ€™t tell you how many times this has come to mind over the years, but it has to be in the thousands.Â That said, this time, this startup is different.Â I now have an amazing nearly one year old relying on me as well as a very forgiving, excited, and supportive wife (seriously, try being married to me, itâ€™s not easy!).Â Â This time is going to be very, very different.
So as we grow TempMine Iâ€™m going to blog about the process of starting a startup.Â This as much for me as it is for you, dear reader.Â This summer, this year, this life is going to go fast.Â When I finally get a chance for a break, I look forward to being able to sit back, read this, and see what I missed.