|created:||June 16, 2007|
Ahhh, Hacker News! I've been following this community for a while, and in fact I attended the first Startup School conference -- and was almost certainly the only person to have arrived via a Greyhound bus. (I pestered a couple of very nice SFP alums about what they would do if they lived in a small town and had no co-founder ... I know, I know).|
Startup School changed my life in an unexpected way: it finally clicked that I could change my location to make my life better. This did not result in me moving to Silicon Valley.
Instead, for the next 7 years, I spent 9 months of each year in remote Pacific South America, doing volunteer work with friends - and surfing, quite a lot during the good season! Each year I'd return and do about 3 months of contract programming on-site with great teams.
In 2014 I moved back to the States and married someone from my hometown, and I continue to work remotely (writing code mostly in BEAM languages) and travel.
Like pg says, lots of good projects, to really do them right, have to be companies. For that reason I can't rule out doing a startup some day. But ... it has a lot to compete with.