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I am disturbed by some of the newer threads (yes, another thread about a thread about a thread x N) where posters suggest they want to get into a new field. Like from programming to being a lawyer. Is this what everyone is day-dreaming about? Isn't anyone here aiming a little higher? I haven't heard a single peep about starting your own ventures (especially ventures completely outside of a techie's domain) from the fine salary men and women on this forum. Let's make this a confession thread for the quiet group of JOS Entrepreneurs Anonymous--who here is plotting to open a bar in Saint Lucia? Raise your hand!

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Actually, I HAVE had recent - serious - discussions with people about opening a bar/restraunt. Not so much as a get rich quick scheme, but simply as a fun diversion.

However, I'm yet to be convinced that there would be sufficient demand for the particular concept I have in mind -- while it's not a serious money making venture, I'm in no hurry to lose money either.

This is one of a numer of business ventures I have in mind.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

my advice to anyone who wants to start a business on their own:  Work for a small company first.  I've had the pleasure of working with a small startup, and i've learned a ton from both our mistakes and what we've done right.  The best part is, it isn't my capital, so i'm learning for free. (actually, i'm getting paid to learn).  I think anyone who comes from a medium sized company or a large company is going to be in for a shock if they try to do their own thing.  (unless they have a *lot* of capitol).

Thursday, February 26, 2004

On that note, how does one go about finding jobs with those smaller startups?  In all my searching, all I can find are jobs looking for MegaCorp #4792 looking for cog #2785a to fill a position....

In need of a small eye for the bigcorp guy
Thursday, February 26, 2004

I've been working casually towards starting my own brewery for the last several months.  Most of that time dedicated to learning how to brew beer commercially and develop a good recipe.  That and a little bit of talking to folks to learn how to get startup financing.

Clay Dowling
Thursday, February 26, 2004

I am not quiet about it.

I am going to make myself a millionaire baby.

*grin*, well at least I devote as much enegry as financially possible towards making my 'caleb software' dream into a reality.

Aussie Chick
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Oops, whack a comma in up there in the appropriate place. I want to be the millionaire, not my child.

Aussie Chick
Thursday, February 26, 2004

"I am going to make myself a millionaire baby."

Hell if I knew it was that easy to become a millionaire -- just have rich kids -- I'd have started having kids already.  How do you make sure they come out rich?


Andrew Hurst
Thursday, February 26, 2004

get knocked up by the right rock star/athlete/ceo ... slap a Paternity suit on 'em .... and bingo bango you got a millionaire baby, baby.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Vince...  What are some of the mistakes you saw happen that surprised you or would surprise any entreprenuer before working for a small/med. company?

Friday, February 27, 2004

> I am going to make myself a millionaire, baby
[comma included for clarity]

If I give you the wool will you make me one as well?

Friday, February 27, 2004

Daydreams yes - practical reality no.

More to the point, me owning a bar?  Standing next to booze all day?  My liver would never survive.   

a cynic writes...
Friday, February 27, 2004

"I haven't heard a single peep about starting your own ventures (especially ventures completely outside of a techie's domain) "

Interesting.  My background was as a sales & marketing MBA slogging up the ladder in a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical firm.  Programming was my hobby and passion on the side.  So I guess I did your idea in reverse, left that world to become an independent developer/consultant for small-medium size businesses locally.  It's a blast to write a mission critical app for a biz while advising them on how to sell it.

Joe Hendricks
Friday, February 27, 2004

I always wonder about those developers who daydream to become lawyers. If I wanted to descend to a lower circle in dante's office space hell, I'd bypass the lawyer rung and drop all the way down to sales and marketing - far more upside potential.

In any case, I'm lucky to have some marginal artistic talent, and mostly used my programming career to fund my photography habit. I've finally saved up enough dough and made enough contacts to pursue this full time.

Friday, February 27, 2004

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