A few years ago, a friend of mine and I spent a lot of time playing around with ideas for a debate website, and we even formed a company around the idea we had. My friend was the one with the web development skills, and similar to my current situation, struggled to find time to build the site to match our vision and eventually things slowed down. Since then, quite a few other sites have launched that were similar in many ways to what we discussed.
Eventually, I had a new idea that was debate-related, but different in many ways from the previous idea. For several reasons, I decided I wanted to have a different partner to help move this idea forward. In one of the rougher conversations of my life, probably like a break-up, I had to tell my friend and former partner that I’d be going in a new direction business-wise. Unfortunately, but perhaps not unexpected to some, he took this poorly and our relationship has not been the same. That part of what I’d call the Bad, and it saddens me still.
The choice of who I partnered with for this new idea was ultimately the right choice though. He got right to work on the actual web development of the tool I had in mind, and I began working on a provisional patent application. We continued moving things forward in polishing the web application at the same time as I was working on the actual, full patent application. The success of us building the initial version of our product at the same time as I worked on patenting it, all on a shoestring, self-financed budget, is the era I’d call the Good.
Figuring out how to bring new educational technology to market though was the next challenge, and this is still the era I’m in now, which I would call the Ugly. The challenges I’ve faced, and the ones still to come, will be some of the primary topics of this blog.