Like many of you, I’ve held tight to the dream of Doing My Own Thing for many years. I won’t bore you with all the impediments that frequently derailed that dream (I’m sure you have your own) but suffice to say with my youngest son finally completing high school I’ve found it much, much easier to focus on my own adventures.
A lot of things have come together just in recent years to help me get going, too. 3D print-on-demand is now a viable service thanks to operations like Shapeways, Ponoko and iMaterialize. That’s helped me kick out a few invention prototypes at an absurdly low cost compared to the last time (late 1990s) I did product design full time for a living. As I related at post404 in 2012, it’s not hard to do CAD on a budget, either.
The same goes for software development; thanks to Microsoft’s BizSpark entrepreneurial program combined with Nokia’s developer resources, I’ve got every tool I need to produce high quality apps for Windows and Windows Phone. And the Qt platform provides everything I need for open source software endeavors. Finally, thanks to Intel I’ve been provided the necessary hardware in return for promoting their products and services (love that Haswell CPU!).
So many things coming together.
But the starting phase of this start-up seems to last forever. So much groundwork, planning, preparation… so little doing, comparatively it seems. In fact, as noted before, I’ve opted not to even bother with project management for the first product (location-sharing app Here You Go) largely because there were too many unknowns as I taught myself Windows Phone development. Here You Go has been stuck in the last 5% of development for quite longer than the 95% took. Hoping to have it out soon!
Of course it must be said that I’m still working two jobs while cranking this thing up, and so far only have one other person putting significant time into it (for free so far). As we get some successes out there, we’re hoping to attract the attention of additional collaborators and contributors. Part of my dream is to help others fulfill theirs, and Tribal Method will eventually be able to do so. Feel free to contact us if you’re interested– once we leave the starting line, it’s off to the races.