What a tough decision. Today I've resigned from Google to join Mike and try my hand as an entrepreneur. Here's what went through my mind coming to the decision:
- I've always wanted to give launching a business a proper go. Now's the time to do it before Jodie and I have kids and we can't take these sorts of risks.
- I've learnt lots working for Clayton Utz, Supercheap Auto and Google, I want to put the lessons to use working for myself.
- I think we've got some good ideas that I'm passionate about - Shoes Of Prey and Clickversity to start.
- Even the best company to work for in Australia has to put shareholders before employees; if I want control over my destiny I've got to work for myself.
- Mike and I, working on these ideas part time, learnt lots from our Swift City failure and had a moderate success with Darwin Dating. Our skill sets compliment each others and we work and get along well together.
- I love my job at Google.
- I love the people I work with at Google.
- The economy isn't in a great state. It will be harder to sell stuff and if we fail, unless the economy turns in the next year or two I might struggle to find a job I like as much as the one I'm leaving.
- Will people buy our shoes? Will people buy our training courses? A start up is a lot more risky than working for someone else.
- I love food, particularly the food at Google. I am going to have to learn to cook. :)
In the end, the pros outweigh the cons and I'm going to join Mike and give it a crack. :) I'm staying until the end of the quarter, Friday July 3 will be my last day at Google.
What do you think? Good move? Bad move?