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Episode 8: Startups - here for a good time and a long time

2019-08-13 | 16 minutes | DEVpreneur podcast

Charlie and Tom discuss how (famous) entrepreneurs typically take a long time to become successful.

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Transcript:

Charlie
Tom

Hey, it's Charlie and Tom, and welcome to another episode of the DEVpreneur! Today we are going to talk about something we've both observed from meeting other people in the entrepreneurship space as well as books we've read in the space. The topic is going to be how the vast majority of successful entrepreneurs got where they are today through sustained effort over time. So, almost always, their initial several years of effort led to very, very few results; it wasn't until several years later, after they taught themselves new skills and had tested a lot of different ways of doing things, that they started to find a way of thinking / executing that works for them. I think what we're going to do, and Tom jump in if you want to do it a different way...

Hi, I'm here. Hahaha

Hahaha. We're just going to walk through some examples to demonstrate that a lot of famous developers / entrepreneurs / DEVpreneurs, it took them a long time to get to where they are. I think the person we should probably start with Tom, would be you; you run your own software as a service web app.

Ya.

And it took you a couple years to get to the point where you had a materially profitable software business.

Ya.

The story on how you got there would be cool.

Cool. So I've been developing since about high school. Right?

Ya.

But that was just like, random stuff, right. So then, web started to get popular, so I jumped into that. I was always looking for a thing to build. Just for the sake of building. Then it transitioned over to a problem to solve. Right? So I remember through university, I would pick up a language, try to build something with it, then try to turn it into something that people want to use...


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