For a little over a month now I have been going deeper with one of the ideas that came out of my brainstorming week. I started building the prototype which should be ready for launching in mid-May. I’m not going to spoil the launch too much, but the idea is about the sustainability of the wider open source community, and the funding of the critical digital infrastructure that underpins almost everything on the internet.
This is the first project/venture I have started which I believe is legitimately important. Were I to get hit by a bus tomorrow, I hope that someone could pick this up and finish it.
One of the practices I have put in place as I develop on this is an early morning walk. If I get out for a walk before reading the news or thumbing through twitter then I am able to very easily give my mind something purposeful to think about without the distraction of other thoughts that might have invaded my brain throughout the day. An hour of clear thinking is unbelievably valuable. This morning ritual has resulted in several a-ha moments and helped to refine the idea and resolve technical decisions.
Also, as a step to help give this project some better direction I’m taking two online courses: The Stanford/Y Combinator joint class called Startup School, and an MBA course on Udemy. Additionally, I joined a couple of local meetup groups, and will be attending a session this evening on finance and accounting at one of the near-by co-working places.
Needless to say, I’m keeping busy