When I decided to work on my own and to be an entrepreneur, it wasn't as simple as “I quit. I'm gonna start my own startup.”
I left my job in a German multi-national company (MNC) early 2019 to focus on my mental health app idea and joined Founder Institute, Silicon Valley-based pre-seed startup accelerator. It was my first try working full-time on any app. It was an eye-opening 4 months cohort-based program. It focuses on prepping everyone to be a well-equipped startup founder, hence the name. Learned a lot from them, and I was pumped and ready to start.
Then one day, I saw an opening posted by a quite well-known CEO and co-founder of a local healthtech startup and I immediately thought it was a good stepping stone to venture into healthtech world.
Right? Oh boy, was I wrong.
From day one until the end, I felt anxious with the whole office set up. At first, I thought it was just me. Maybe it was me that couldn't cope. But I can see a few more with the same look, then later shared the same displeasure. They eventually left months after I did. Knowing how hard it was for them, I felt relieved.
But how can a mental wellness company be like this? I'm pretty sure the CEO have read Tony Shieh's book or the Netflix's book, but he's a long way off being empathetic. He's like a robot.
Sure, I'm bias because I'm still bitter but I can't help it, I'll forever paint that guy as mental (pun intended).
When I left the company, it was so traumatizing that I couldn't get myself to work. I've lost my main purpose when I left my previous company. And my own mental wellness app idea...?
It took me almost 6 months to recover. That's when I discovered No-Code. As a tech guy, discovering and working on new tools was indeed my saviour. I started working on new ideas even if it was darn simple, but still satisfying to work with. Then, MVP (minimum viable product) after MVP completed and launched, shelved and pivoted, I was on a roll.
I then started my freelance work as CTO/Dev Consultant, focusing on launching MVP idea fast with No-Code. I've received my first paid customer from Twitter. That's when I decided to share my MVP thought processes on Twitter, to get more customer.
I did get a few more but wasn't as fast as I expected but I gained new friends from the No-Code community. As you may know by now, I'm an avid fan of building in public. The community has blossomed with the birth of community-based programs like the Public Lab's 30DaysInPublic. In which I am the member.
Well, the rest is now history.