Last Updated: @2021/08/27
I spent 7 years building Consol.io with my brother and then dissolved the company in 2020. It was a productivity app that combined the functionality of multiple tools into one. We left the website up for show.
If you're familiar with Notion, it'll sound similar. I had the idea as early as 2008, but didn't start on it until 2013.
We made a lot of mistakes running a startup, but learned a lot.
When I discovered Notion, I knew it was time to quit. It did everything I wanted (except chat), only better. Know the signs.
I realized very quickly I wanted to use Notion for everything. I also realized 4 years too long to keep trying.
Some high-level lessons on co-founding startups
- It takes an insane amount of alignment to build a company with someone.
- Partners and founders need to count the cost of how much work it actually is. It's 10x more than you think.
- You must be willing to kill your darlings (features), and take big risks (maybe quit a job).
- You must focus. Other projects will kill the startup.
- You cannot move slowly most of the time.