Went Indie

March 15, 2010

It’s the third startup I’ve been involved in, but this one is very different. This one will actually fly. After a month and a half, we know it can. The biggest difference is that for the first time, we have actual employees and the company is our only source of income. This not only motivates you, but also allows you to focus much better.

I’ll probably age six years this year, but I must say, even when things are really tough, and with some weeks constantly re-defining the meaning of mental anguish, there are moments when I feel truly happy. Career-wise, this has been major downgrade - I make about half the paycheck compared to last year, it will be a long time until I get to see anything nearly as cool as I did working for TV Tools and every day I run into problems that have nothing to with my ACSA certification…

###But I’m happy###

I’m happy because finally I have the opportunity to test out all those ideas about how a company should function, to have the freedom to decide what I make and what I sell. To have total ownership of what I create and to be able to share it with whoever I please. I’m happy to have the freedom to blame no-one but myself if things don’t go as they should. And I’m happy to work in a place where everyone else has that same freedom. To do great work, to take risks, to make a difference and to have fun.

Speaking of creating, I actually do a fair bit of R&D (after all, that’s what it says on my business card) at mcare (we’ve even developed some hardware, more on that later). I’ve decided to open source everything that might be useful to other people in this field. The first project is MTK - a collection of scripts for OS X and hardware testing. Our service engineers sometimes ask me to write tests and they all end up in MTK.

Perhaps the biggest thing we will release is Servo - a complete rewrite of the service management system I made for Humac back in 2007. I’m currently working on the API for that and hope to be releasing something in the coming months. Our other company, Mekanisti owns the rights to that and for a brief period we even tried to make it into a product - until we realised the value for us will always be in using, not selling the tool. More engineers than salesmen, I guess…

And to anyone who at some point in their life has to choose between going indie and taking a lucrative job offer - do the first thing that comes to your mind… ;-)

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