I’m a DIY guy.
I’m a hard-core DIY guy.
I like doing things myself because, well, I like doing things myself. People say, you have to delegate, you have to delegate, and you have to delegate as much as you can… But, what for? I don’t delegate my eating. I don’t delegate my sleeping. And, I don’t delegate my running or biking, or snowboarding, or just about anything. In fact, I don’t delegate my living. I do a lot of things because I like doing those things. I sometimes do things I don’t like to do but that’s because I need to get paid or I’m otherwise forced to do them in some way. Those things, I cannot usually delegate.
I am starting a software startup because I like writing software. I like building things. If I delegate or outsource the most fun part of all, that is, creating software, why do I want to do this anyway? Just to make money?
Clearly, this is just my personal view. A lot of “tech entrepreneurs”, who are not themselves hard core hackers, seem to “successfully” start and grow “tech startups” by outsourcing their product development. I have no problem with that. It’s just not my cup of tea. If (that is, IF) I want to start a company by just hiring other people, I wouldn’t necessarily do a software startup. I don’t know. But, why would I limit myself? There are (or, should be) so many different fun things to do out there.
Having said that, I’ve been overwhelmed for the last few months. There are so many things to do, and even when you think/believe you can do this at your own pace because you do it for fun, you do have certain time limit. Eventually, you’ll run out of money, and you’ll become homeless, and you’ll die of starvation or sickness. :) I didn’t mean to be overly dramatic, but even a “bootstrapper” like myself has a finite “runway”. If nothing else, everyone has a finite number of years to live.
So, does do-it-yourself really make sense?
So, does starting a software startup in a DIY way really make sense?