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Note: This piece is written from my perspective as a father and startup founder. Some of the advice will be applicable to new moms as well as dads, but I can only speak from my own experience as a dad. Would love to hear experiences from startup moms as well, and to compare notes.
It’s been one month since the birth of our baby girl Ainsley. The experience so far has been exhilarating, challenging, exhausting, and endearing. There have been tender moments, for sure, but also a lot of drudgery. The current plan is to survive and get done whatever needs to be done.
Kind of like growing a startup.
Last week marked one month in my life as a founder and CTO of a startup. Today is also the first day of our accelerator program in Charlotte, NC.
It's often said that on-the-job training is more effective than book learning. I can report in firm conscience that this is true for startups. As a software engineer, I have seen the mistakes and successes of the companies I worked for. But steering the ship is quite different.
I remember pestering my former boss Mohamed about a task that I was waiting on. It was long overdue, because of the SSL certificate authority's hefty demands. At every standup meeting, I would say that my work was being blocked by the lack of the certificate. The certificate was necessary to enable secure traffic with an https internet address. I became frustrated, asking Mohamed why it was taking so long.