Startups as a Hobby

It’s been a few months now since my last blog post. This blog, PHPonAcid.com, began as an attempt to document my experience launching and…

Startups as a Hobby

It’s been a few months now since my last blog post. This blog, PHPonAcid.com, began as an attempt to document my experience launching and running an internet startup. Unfortunately, the idea which I had been working on since this summer has ended in failure. This wasn’t a surprise however, as this was my second failed attempt at launching a startup.

Fortunately, each of my two startup ideas have ended up costing only a couple of hundred dollars each! At this rate, my Delaware C-Corporation can continue attempting to launch new internet related products and services indefinitely (assuming I’m willing to invest a few hundred dollars each year). Going forward, I think I’m going to take a crack at two startup ideas per year. Who knows? Maybe one will stick.

So I think I might be on to something: Startups as a Hobby. This idea isn’t totally original. Gabriel Weinberg of DuckDuckGo.com has spoken about his idea of “startups as a career,” which I like. But my take, “startups as a hobby,” seems cheaper and more attainable. For about $300 each, I’ve been able to test out two different startup ideas to the point where I could tell whether the ideas were worth pursuing. The great thing about financing your startup with your own money is that it hurts to lose money. I’m sure if I had been able to get funding for my corporation from Y Combinator or another startup accelerator I would have likely burned much more than $300 on each of my ideas. The easiest thing in the world is to spend O.P.M — Other People’s Money. Therefore, I’m committed to continue sharpening my skills as a computer programmer and launching new startup ideas going into 2018 and beyond.

I may not have much to show for my efforts thus far, but I think I’m headed in the right direction. And if you’re an aspiring Internet entrepreneur like myself, I hope you find the inspiration to keep honing your programming skills and launching startups. The journey may be long, and may go nowhere at all, but according to at least one successful founder it’s all about just getting started:

“We just wanted to get started working on something, anything. And I think that is the most important decision that a founder can make — the decision about getting started. There is no need to over think it. You don’t need to come up with a grand idea. Just start working on something, on anything, and eventually you’ll find the right problem to solve.” — Laura Behrens Wu, Founder & CEO of Shippo