|Hey HN, long time lurker, hoping this awesome community can help me (and others like me) figure out the next step in my (thier) career(s).|
I spent 2006-2012 on three self funded ventures that didn't come to fruition, which left me tapped for spending ability, several maxed credit cards, and a job in Seattle thats not advancing me career-wise.
I am starting to feel a slip in my creativity, which I think is attributed to some drop in self confidence / depression / anxiety that's been creeping up.
I'm in love with business strategy, project ideas / planning, budgeting, and architecting. I love prototyping, but that leaves me with a gap in mastery of any specific technology.
I'm starting to panic that I'm running out of time to "get my shit together."
I have a potential opportunity to work with an incubator vetting applicant's technology. I'd take that job in a heartbeat, but they are not running yet (probably 1yr+ away)
I would love to take my experience in business, engineering, and product / project management, and find a position where I am helping a growing company with a full pipeline of projects get focused and prioritized.
I'm concerned that as I get older it's harder to find an engineering job. I get bored where it's building and fixing things all day. Management-wise I struggle with giving critical feedback to people as their "boss".
My uncle used to be a manufacturing / process consultant. He had a constant flow of new challenges and companies to work with. This sounds highly interesting to me when applied to tech, but I have no idea where to start.
So, I'm interested to see the discussion about what those of us who are life long hackers (with a ton of varied experiences) can do besides keep writing code or moving into people management. And some advice on how to start down such a path.