Thursday, December 11, 2014

Or, I could do a software startup...


























Yesterday (DECEMBER 10, 2014) I got the call from the Ferrari dealer, saying that they got the call from the Ferrari factory that allows them to order a few more cars. My car was next on the dealer's wait list. They say I can expect it to be delivered in April, 2015... 4 months away.

Hooray! Right? Well, not so fast. Over the past month or so I have been moving toward starting up a new software company that may require some invested capital. That's pretty normal, but I'm a bit concerned about the "optics" when the startup founder is driving a new Ferrari and looking for OPM (Other People's Money) to invest in his startup. Doesn't seem quite right, does it? There are arguments for and against, but I'm leaning in the against direction, so I told the dealer I'm going to pass on this go-around and re-order for delivery when I have a nice exit from this startup adventure.

There is another thought about "keeping some dry powder" when doing a startup. It's advice I would give all of my clients, so I should listen to myself...

So it looks like I'll be driving my trusty Audi S5 (highly modified, of course) for a while longer, and that's not a bad thing at all. In 4 years I have managed to drive it only 17,777 miles. It's practically brand new! The license plate sure is, as it was ordered a few months ago, and arrived just last week. New license plates are far less expensive than new cars! :)