When I was 19, I stepped on to Duke's campus as a freshman, ready to learn, party, and prepare for my career. I met with my career advisor and planned a course load aimed at pre-med with a major in political science. I figured I would either make it big in politics or become a doctor. You know, one or the other. Probably best to prepare for both by taking the right classes from day 1. Not once did I ever think I'd become an entrepreneur.Funny thing about entrepreneurs...we're not very good at following plans.
If you're 20 years old and unsure of what you'll do when you grow up...don't fret. Welcome to the club.I'm coming up on my 10 year undergrad reunion. I'm not a doctor and I didn't go into politics. I still have never received a signing bonus. It's taken all 10 years, but I can finally tell my college buds what I plan to do when I grow up. Damn it feels good.
It was badass to make a bunch of money. But by the spring time, I was back to lacking direction. What was I going to do, leave Duke and become a loft maker? Being an entrepreneur is not glamorous. I didn't get flown out for in-person interviews like my consulting friends. I didn't get a signing bonus. Everyone kept asking what I planned to do after Duke. I had no response.
Find discussion of this post on Hacker News
And please come check out my new startup, 42Floors!
We're fixing commercial real estate. Forever.
Sign-up to learn more at 42floors.com,
and like us on Facebook.
and follow us on Twitter.
Sign-up now to among the first to participate when we launch. It's cool shit. Don't miss out.
I would also greatly appreciate introductions to potential advisors. We're not fundraising until the spring, but I'm happy to 'get coffee' with people who are interested in getting to know us.