I’m a designer. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a self-starter. If I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. I want to make a difference. I want to make a change. I want to work on things that matter. I want to work on things that make me feel alive. I want to surround myself with smart and amazing people. I’m lucky enough to be working in a field where I can.
I’ve been working on an idea that come out of a need in real life. Two years ago me and my co-founder started working on a side-project. A year after it being a side-project we realized that we had the opportunity to build a business out of this need; a real company. So, in the beginning of 2013 we decided to go full force into working on Karta and to figure out how we can build this great product out of a need we (and through validation from our friends and strangers) had. We wanted a place where we could archive, document and share our real life experiences through a visual component —- a map. We wanted a place to keep track of those amazing conversations we had around a place that we had with people that had similar interests to us. This isn’t a new concept, it just hasn’t been cracked (I still don’t believe it has been cracked yet). As time goes on, more and more big players are pushing things out that are in the same realm of this concept. It’s not a surprise. Speed is important. The fact that this is happening is important. For us, as we see these companies products evolving or introducing new components that are inline to what we’ve always wanted, it means we’ve been on the right track.
I believe that everything is connected and everything happens for a reason.
Being a founder of a startup is really hard work. You have to constantly be on your A-game and almost psych yourself out that you’re product will succeed (whatever success means to you). You have to believe in it and you have to believe in yourself. No one is going to motivate you or keep you going. Everyone is going to tell you the opposite. They are going to tell you that your product is a feature. They are going to ask you to do ridiculous things with zero cash. They are going to tell you that designers can’t build products. They are going to tell you that they won’t use your product because they already use x and y. Everyone is going to tell you that you’re wrong and why you won’t be able to get from point a to point b.
You’re probably going to cry in your bed at night. You’re probably going to feel extremely alone. No matter how hard, you’ll always find a way to pick yourself back up because you love what you are doing. You show no fear, but you listen and take it all in. This is what makes you an entrepreneur. You’re a bit delusional and mad, but you believe in what you’re doing and you’re going to make it happen. It’s not about failing. It’s about learning where you fit and where you want to be.