Journey To Unicorn

Background

Date: August 31st, 2019

Since I was a little kid I always wanted to run my own company, over the last few years after getting exposed to the tech scene I’ve naturally developed a love for startups. During my lifetime one of my goals is to start a billion-dollar company (also known as a unicorn) that solves a huge problem in the world. When I tell this to people I get a whole range of reactions and a mix of wanted/unwanted advice. 

There's a pretty high risk of failure, but I've realized if there's ever going to be a time in my life where I have zero worries or obligation it's going to be now. So I decided I'm going to go for it, place education and getting a job on the back burner to relentlessly focus on setting the foundations of starting a huge company one day.

I'm not going to start a company tomorrow, I think that would be a bit irrational. I don't want to work on a mediocre idea, but more importantly, I also realize being 18 is the prime time to learn skills that will compound in my life (stuff like technical skills).

I set a personal timeline on what I should do for the year:
  • September 2019 - September 2020: 
    • Learn Technical Skills 
    • Listen to PG & Solve Problems
    • Learn About Scaling Products

After a year my goal is to pick my top problem or product and pursue it as a company. I'm also open to serendipity if something I create explodes with traction and it doesn't make sense not to build a company... then call me CEO tomorrow. Alternatively, if a company I find exciting or one that looks like a rocket ship offers me a job, I'll take it. 

For this first time in my life, I'm not in school and not working a job. So despite how fun and exciting this all feels, I also realize I have to now think of my own checkpoints and metrics. Since I'm not on anyone else's path, it's completely possible I never hit any of my checkpoints. A year could go by and I could have nothing to show for all of it. 

To keep myself accountable, I decided to make my journey public to make sure I'm continually going hard and making progress. I'll try to make an entry often as I can, and comment on what I'm working on or learning (relevant to creating a startup)


Entry 1

Date: September 1st, 2019

What did I do today: 

Currently, I'm taking a few Udemy/Udacity Courses on different Frontend/Backend development concepts. I'm also working on a mini side-project with a friend, called "IdeaHunt" (at least that's what we're calling it for now.) The goal is to be like Product Hunt but for people to crowdsource and create commentary around ideas and opportunities. To sum up what I did today:

  1. Learned about responsive design, forms/inputs for backend development, and learned how to deploy some basic stuff on Google Cloud Platform.
  2. Finished Frontend for "IdeaHunt" 

Entry 2

Date: September 8th, 2019

What did I do the last few days: 

I'm wrapping of the courses I started, the goal is to go hard and finish them all this week so I don't end up in tutorial purgatory. I finished a good chunk of the back end for IdeaHunt. Most of the work for the last few days has been very heads down and learning:

  1. Learned about SQL and other databases, learned about servers, and learned about the process of connecting them.
  2. Finished half of backend for "IdeaHunt"