© 2016 by Alex Bandar, with thanks to Wikipedia user Physicsch for the PID graphic, Creative Commons License here.

PHEW.....

January 15, 2016

So - the last ten years have been a whirlwind...  Got my PhD.  Moved to Columbus and joined a tech company.  Started a small hobby business called the Columbus Idea Foundry (ref: "Origin Story" post on this blog...) Managed that business while still maintaining the day job (which meant years of 80-100 hour work weeks).  Hustled, danced, guessed, gambled, and did a thousand other things to make ends meet.  Worked a few more years of insane hours.  Discovered that I could put in a 35-hour workweek from Friday 6pm to midnight Sunday.  That I could eat for $5/day by wolfing down beans out of a can, and that I could finish each meal in two minutes.   (Pro tip: don't heat).  Fretted and fought to make the business work.  Found some amazing volunteers who became members who became friends who became staff.  Watched the business grow from a small 2400 sq ft garage to 24,000 sq ft industrial space to 60,000 sq ft beautiful building; from 1 member to 300+ members.  Still wasn't turning a profit, still burning through my dayjob salary and my savings.   Quit the dayjob on Jan 1 2014.  Now really worried and stressed to make the gig succeed.  Recently (2015) found some investors.  Or rather, investors found us.  Stumbled around in weeks-long daze at luck and surprise at having investors.  (This business doesn't provide an ROI - hence, doesn't attract investment).  Struggled to realize that I don't need to struggle that much anymore.  Relented as investors grabbed me by the shoulders, shook and shouted: "Stop running.  Breathe.  Think."  Sat back and inhaled, dizzy.  And for the first time in ten years, realized that I didn't have to react to my crises.  My clothes were no longer on fire.  I could choose what I wanted to do with the CIF and with my life.  

 

I couldn't be more grateful to have this exciting and different type of challenge, and I very much look forward to writing about it....

Please reload

Featured Posts

So - the last ten years have been a whirlwind...  Got my PhD.  Moved to Columbus and joined a tech company.  Started a small hobby business called the...

PHEW.....

January 15, 2016

1/1
Please reload

Recent Posts

February 29, 2016

January 15, 2016

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square