Friday, January 22, 2010

Milyli Update

It would seem it's been a while since my last post. As Google appears to be the largest source of my traffic, I don't think there's all that many loyal followers on RSS that need apologizin' to. And I wouldn't want to assume that my words are so engrossing that the few regular readers I do have even realized I hadn't written.

So just read this thing.

The past few months Milyli has been growing. In addition to the three founders we have hired our first full time employee, we are on the look out for others, we have two part time employees and we just moved into a real office. Fine, it's a big loft space that we use as an office, but it has desks, meeting tables, shelves and colorful network wire running every which way. It's more of an office than the house that we moved out of.

Probably one of the best articles I have read that sums up the experience is this one by Paul Graham. I direct you in particular to the section at the end sub titled The Super Pattern. It's worth a read, but the gist of the article is that so many people have written about the process of starting up a business that there should really be no surprises about what experiences you're in for.

What you probably will be surprised about however is the intensity of those experiences. Yes, you will have to do all of the things that everybody always says you need to in order to start up a business. But the peaks and valleys of this here roller coaster are far more extreme than I had anticipated.