Well I wouldn't say I "missed" work

I'm featured in an article on CNN today called: They left the corporate cocoon to blossom. The article is about people like Vanessa Fox and I who left cushy gigs at big companies to strike out on our own. Highly recommended reading *ahem*.

A couple points of clarification about the article:

  • CNN must have some sort of editorial policy against outbound links, you can sign up to be notified of our pending launch at Plinky.com
  • The article states that I was "complacent" at Google. I would probably use the word "restless".
  • Start-up life isn't for everyone and I certainly wouldn't advise foolishly quitting a perfectly good job because it was my preference to do so. This downturn isn't going to be easy on anyone, least of all small businesses.
  • That said, it does feel a lot more like you are living your own life when you have a hand in your own fate. Don't let the economy keep a good idea down. I feel a flurry of motivational quips coming on: "Where there is a will there's a way", "Just do it", "If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it". The last one snuck in there and might not apply.

For all of you who have been waiting for Plinky... it's just around the corner. More on that soon.

Comments

Sammy said…
I just read your article Jason - yeah its weird that CNN would not link you up outside - yet another rendition of strict corporate bureaucracy ball and chain. Well, congratulations on your move. I look forward to Plinky.com

I am a small time blogger www.samsearth.com - what can plinky do for me?
mippyman said…
Jason,

a big time congratulations on the move you made to jump from the corporate world to start running your own! My friend, who is facing the same question, actually forwarded me your article.

I'm curious what questions you asked yourself before making this decision... if you wouldn't mind sharing.
mippyman said…
Also Jason, on a more personal note... my friend is facing that question because we have been burning the candle on both ends while creating our own company www.coachestown.com (feel free to check out) and doesn't know if he "has what it takes" to make the jump?

Any thoughts, advice, or words of wisdom?
Clay S said…
Congrats on the article!! It was a great read and I could definitely relate to it personally.

The slight difference is that rather than leave a comfortable job, I opted to never start one, as we launched our company right out of school. I think it was probably a similarly tough decision to the one you made -- it was scary to watch people taking these super lucrative jobs that let them travel all the time, have free meals, and get formalized business training to start our own thing.

In the end it worked out. I'm happier than I could have ever been starting out in a corporate environment, and I would say that most of my friends that chose "safety" are now jealous of the high level work and experiences that I get at a young age.

Best of luck and I hope your decision turns out well. I just signed up for Plinky's email list and am anxiously awaiting your release.

Congrats, again!
Clay S said…
Congrats on the article!! It was a great read and I could definitely relate to it personally.

The slight difference is that rather than leave a comfortable job, I opted to never start one, as we launched our company right out of school. I think it was probably a similarly tough decision to the one you made -- it was scary to watch people taking these super lucrative jobs that let them travel all the time, have free meals, and get formalized business training to start our own thing.

In the end it worked out. I'm happier than I could have ever been starting out in a corporate environment, and I would say that most of my friends that chose "safety" are now jealous of the high level work and experiences that I get at a young age.

Best of luck and I hope your decision turns out well. I just signed up for Plinky's email list and am anxiously awaiting your release.

Congrats, again!
Martin said…
Jason,
I came to your site through the CNN article. Although I'm not a major blogger/social network user myself (yet), I found your move/rationale (creativity, drive, philosophy) very original and inspiring. I will be following your blog and look forward to the launch of plinky. Something tells me this will be a huge hit. Way to go!
steve in FL said…
Jason - I just read the CNN article, and wish you luck on the new venture.. you've inspired me to quit my job on Monday as well. Screw the corporate bureaucrats, I don't owe anyone anything anymore!!
Good luck jason-- please check your friends request page on facebook :)
toproxy said…
I love plinky! I'm telling everyone about it. As far as your cold, drink green tea...

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