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Brief and Superficial Thoughts On Starting My Own Company After jsFiddle Goes and Dies


I was preparing a demo for the upcoming post on Barbarian Meets Knockout.js and jsFiddle just died on me, so I thought I could make the best of it and fill in the gap with an update on what I have been working on during the past weeks and what I am planning to do in the future.

The last few months have been pretty exciting. I finally made the decision to start my own company on the side of my job at medius. Yey! As soon as I realized that the time had come - which is to say, the idea nearly made my head burst open after a slow fermentation process that had been ongoing for the past three years - I quickly did all the paperwork, created a basic starting website and got on hacking on quiz4couples. My first intention was to create a new version of the app for iOS but, after receiving many a signal from the Universe, I have changed my mind and I am going to focus my efforts instead of spreading myself thin. The plan will thus be to continue attempting to prove that the app is economically viable with a couple more iterations on the Windows Phone version I have today.

I am still a full-time employee at medius so it is pretty tough to find time to work on my company. I don’t know how other people manage but I, myself, have devised what I call - The Magic Week - which pretty much means, wake up early as hell so you can put 2-3 hours before you go to work - and reserve a couple of evenings a week to write in this blog and just learn new stuff. I also give myself a rating - with magic stars, true story - on how well I stick to the schedule every week and so far it’s been working pretty good… mental note: some time in the future I need to write about this weird productivity systems I follow… :)

Anyhow, it’s been pretty awesome so far, having complete ownership of the whole product development process, the whole decision-making is kind of… freeing, kind of liberating. You are free to roam in whichever direction you desire to your heart’s content, ain’t that something. It is true that some times it is hard to focus on the task at hand. But I have found that having three daily big wins, using the pomodoro technique, and maintaining an orderly, clutter-free man-cave are invaluable to keep me productive.

Ups. There goes the go-to-sleep-dude alarm in full swing. I’ll have to leave writing about other exciting things I am planning for the future, for another day.

Good night.

Jaime González García

Written by Jaime González García , dad, husband, software engineer, ux designer, amateur pixel artist, tinkerer and master of the arcane arts. You can also find him on Twitter jabbering about random stuff.Jaime González García