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This is a story about daring to found and ship.
Since I started to get interested in computers - software in particular - I’ve always wanted to build something that’s being used by people, making their lifes a little easier by solving a problem elegantly. I started programming when I was 14 or 15, working from home for a company that made browser games, while still being in school working on my A levels.
Today, more than 10 years later, after studying Business Information Sciences and working as a Software Engineer for quite a while, I finally felt brave enough to co-found a company (together with Tim Buchwaldt) to operate a cloud-hosted file sharing provider called Dropshare Cloud, which exclusively works with my Mac and iOS file sharing app Dropshare, while still being full-time employed with grandcentrix and very happy about it. Why did you do that?, you might think, Aren’t you busy enough?
Well, the answer is simple: It’s not about being busy. It’s about the experience. Building apps is fun, it’s thrilling to think of new features and implement them quickly, seeing them working makes one very happy and satisfied. The only logical next step to building an app is, in my opinion: Founding a company to operate and ship it. Surely, there are risks involved: Failure.
Financial damage, calculable in our case. But what on earth works without these risks? I personally think that the unique experience of being at a notary office, receiving the official certificate of founding, being the responsible authority of a registered company, and finally able to operate business and bringing your idea to the public is worth these risks.
Obviously, it makes sense to get professional advise before starting to sprint: Before founding chaos.cloud, we had conversations with a tax accountant specialised in start-ups and a lawyer specialised in IT law. After internalising their evaluations, we were confident that founding would be the next step. It took a little while for the official documents to be set up, and having everything registered with the German chamber of commerce and finance authorities. That was the hardest part of the journey: Being technically ready to ship, but having to wait for the formalities. As we’re reselling our product Dropshare Cloud with the help of Paddle, we wanted to have a bullet-proof understanding of the fiscal circumstances, which delayed the launch even more. These processes were the highest financial investment we had to make for founding.
Dropshare Cloud is now live and we’re looking forward to the next chapters of our journey as managing partners of chaos.cloud. I want to encourage you to go ahead and do the next step if you’re in a comparable position than I was. Calculate the risks, get advise from professionals and dare to found and ship.