The start of my entrepreneurial efforts began not too long ago – around the summer of 2011. After completing a Masters in Biology and then managing a laboratory the year after, the summer of 2011 was dedicated to enjoying the long summer days on the shores of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I caught up on some casual reading, played a bit of golf and dabbled in crosswords and Boggle (sounds like I’m 60 rather than 30, doesn’t it?).
It was also the summer that I signed up for Twitter (cue the dramatic music).
It was once a slight distraction while sipping morning coffee. It’s now somewhat of an obsession and I know I’m not the only one. I was always a headline reader and Twitter was a 140 character haven that just kept on ticking. It offered a culture of real-time news and I started to follow people and news outlets related to technology and tech start-up culture. It was exciting, fast-paced and on the edge of popular culture.
So how does all of this time and Twitter relate to why I chose to dip my toes in the entrepreneurial waters?
Well, with time you really start to think. I tried to avoid it as much as possible during my summer of relaxation, but I started to think about what I was going to be when I grew up. I was one of those annoying kids in school who was good at everything but didn’t excel to the extreme at one particular skill. I was interested in everything and never had a clear vision as to what I was going to do with my life. While friends were becoming doctors, dentists, academics, teachers or trades people, I struggled to really find my true calling. So what do you do when you’re in a position like this? Well, I guess you do something that truly tests a wide variety of skills and interests.
Trying to start your own business seemed like the right fit.
I have to admit, though, it wasn’t all me. My partner has the spirit of the inventor flowing through his veins, the wheels in his head constantly churning. We fell into place quite nicely; he’s the Idea Man and I’m the Executor.
Just one small problem. We are a two person team and neither of us are tech gurus.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t program, but I definitely have my own insecurities surrounding this issue. The good news is, is that it’s all possible and in the end it’s the hard work and hustle that really pushes a vision forward.
So- onward we go! With swords waving in the air we attack one day at a time.