Gushcloud that is.
After almost 6 years of being self employed running various product and services based outfits, I made the decision to work for someone else. The exact reasons for it I’ll keep for a separate post but it’s as much about learning something new as it is about making sure Senseless Labs can move forward with as minimal distractions that consulting gigs often come with.
It’s been quite a ride this past month trying to learn as much about their system and fitting into the team’s workflow but all in all I’m slowly finding my place in the team. Like any other startup, there is always much left to be done.
That said, juggling my own startup and working for another at the same time is quite challenging but it’s forced me to think more critically when it comes to how my time is managed and made me even more appreciative of tools like Skype, Pivotal Tracker, Github, Yammer and good old email to be able to maximise the sort of output I can produce. Aaron now takes the lead in executing many of our deals with clients while I play more of a coordination and planning role.
Of course, you might also notice that the frequency of me writing has dropped quite significantly and that’s primarily because I haven’t found a way to properly put that into my personal workflow. I am still quite involved with Hackerspace and the organising of some of the events there. (On 26th May, there will another session of “Evening with Hackerspace” where we will have a Show & Tell session followed by another Movie Night.)
I have long been afraid of working for any other company because I’m afraid that as I learn someone else’s ways of doing things, it might also limit the way I see how to solve problems. But I’ve learnt that the reverse is also true – that not learning how others do things would also have a limiting effect.
I’m certainly looking forward to the next year or so as I juggle between being a developer at Gushcloud, a co-founder with Senseless Labs tasked to roll out Streetegy, a blogger with Ridz.sg and helping out with Hackerspace. I also hope to be able to spend more quality moments with my family and good friends.
The road will be arduous.
And the days will be long.
But I guess most things worth doing are rarely easy to do.