I am heading to Ireland to launch Dokker.com at the Dublin Web Summit. Tomorrow the service will be opened and hopefully users will start registering to our service.
Being on a train (again! See my previous post!) is a bit strange. It is peaceful and quiet (French High Speed trains rock!!!!) and in complete contrast with the last few days.
I have read many blog articles which, very formally, declare that creating your own company was great because you could manage your time and reduce your work days to 6 hours if you wanted to!
Let me confirm to you that, frankly, it is absolute bullshit (pardon my French ;-) .
Let me tell you how it is like to be on the verge of launching a web startup!
- I have been working for the last 2 months between 10 to 14 hours every day.
- Most weekends included many hours of work. Last weekend was no exception with probably around 15 hours of work.
- Sleep has become a scarce resource…It is very difficult to switch off at night…whether you like (want) it or not
- Skype has become my best friend. I must have been clocking over 20 hours on Skype in recent days, talking to the team, consultants and business partners.
- My eyes are hurting as I spent so much time on Twitter monitoring the impact of our communications and announcements!
- My mail box is a mess. Between all the alerts we’ve set on the dokker.com site, the blog feedbacks, the Twitter notifications, the organization of the web summit, I must have received between 50 and 70 emails per day…
- My brain cells are overheating: As well as talking to our testers, getting their feedback, checking new beta users and so on, we had to produce:
- A complete and up to date slide deck in French for one of our Business Partners
- A full presentation and demo video for the Demo Stage at the Web Summit
- Write blog articles to keep the dokker.com blog rolling
- Write short, quick hitting, catch phrases to send to the Social Media team
- Finish up the legal side of the website especially the site terms and conditions
- Organise the logistics for the Web Summit and ensure that I and my business partner are registered on every network event. You would not believe how time consuming this is!
- Back office work never stops: On top of all the activities below, back office tasks have also been very time consuming. (I finished tax paperwork yesterday night at 10.30pm!!!).
Oh I am not trying to attract sympathy here. I have never been so excited about work in my life (is it really work???). Would I do it again? Yes sir! Would I recommend it? Yes sir!
My point is to say that if you want to do a startup, it’s not for the faint hearted. It needs guts and resilience. It is like an inner need that you can only fulfill by giving it a shot as hard as you can!
If you feel that this is for you then go ahead!!!
If you expect to start work at 10.00 am and finish by 4.30pm then you should probably look elsewhere!
What do you think? Please do not hesitate to comment! I’d love to hear from you!
Follow me on Twitter @FredDucrot. You can also follow Dokker: @Dokker_Live.