Quitting My Start-up, To Start Something Bigger

June 22, 2010 – 9:07 pm | by Matt Ackerson

There are many reasons why I have decided to stop working on Blue Sky Local and move into an advisory role. The primary one was that I was not enjoying the journey from zero to something big (hopefully) any longer. I worked on Blue Sky Local for about 14 months.

The company made some money (and is still making money, scoring some recent big wins). But on the night that I made this decision I asked myself: if this business made $1 million tomorrow, literally, would I be any happier in running it? I asked myself this question to determine if I was simply in a slump or an ephemeral mood of some sort, but the answer was an easy “No, I would not be any happier, nor would I be any more passionate.” My passion for the business, I realized in the same instant, had stopped the moment I stopped building and designing the website. Getting up and selling door-to-door or over the phone to these different business owners, without that creative element at least mixed in in some way, made the process mundane and un-enjoyable.

I think many entrepreneurs are driven rather than passionate, just like I was in this case. Perhaps they started out with the right feeling and ideas, but somewhere along the way it became about something else, or maybe it always was something else. In many cases entrepreneurs are driven by money. To be driven solely by money is like chasing the wind, because there is never any amount that can satisfy your lust for it. On the other hand, to choose instead to be driven by core purpose and set of values, as I now turn to focus on, will be much fulfilling for the long run. Money is a necessary by-product of business, but should not be the priority. Revenue and profit should be the earned result of a service or product, which fill a need or solve a problem.

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  1. 2 Responses to “Quitting My Start-up, To Start Something Bigger”

  2. By Shivaas Gulati on Jun 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Matt

    Its always a sad moment when you let go of your startup, but nonetheless, its an opportunity in disguise :)

    Good luck with your next venture and wish you success. Drop me a line if you’d like to brainstorm on some!

  3. By Matt Ackerson on Jun 27, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks Shivaas. I’m not sad about it, though I will admit it is a little scary to start over. I’m emailing you so we can set up a time to chat.

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