Quitting my job to start a biotech company in the basement

So after years upon years of talk, planning, more talk, and more empty promises to myself and others, I finally took a leap of faith.  At a certain point, you realize that there isn’t anymore time for planning and writing down ideas, action needs to be taken.  Many people, myself included, have let this unattainable goal of  “perfection” completely ruin pursuing dreams and business opportunities.  I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing will ever be perfect.  A product will never be perfect, the timing for entering a market will never be perfect, and perhaps execution of a well written business plan will never be perfect, but that should not deter one from trying.

Many people fear leaving their comfort zone, I know I did, and still do.  It’s easy to become complacent in the comfort of stability and normalcy.  You go to work, get a paycheck, maybe get to travel for a week or two a year, have the weekends off, and everything seems fine.  Some people are perfectly happy living like that, I’m not.  I’d rather sleep in a van and eat raman noodles for a year if it meant a shot at achieving my dreams and goals.

Certain sacrifices no doubt will be made, nights out with friends will now be nights in spent with Excel calculating profit margins and shipping expenses.  That weekend canoe trip with your buddies will be that weekend of experiments in a cramped lab space with no air conditioning, praying for a product yield above 10%.  While your girlfriend sips from a $5 bottle of triple distilled water, you sip from the rainwater you collected last night in an empty cup you found in the dumpster behind Arby’s.

But someday, when you look back at your life in one year, ten years, or fifty years, you’ll be able to say without regret that you took a shot, and that’s more than a lot of people can say.

I guess many people question what it is they want to do in life after finishing college and working for a year or two.  All of a sudden this giant weight which is reality starts to rest on your shoulders, and you realize as each year passes that you haven’t done 1% of all the cool things you had hoped to be doing when you were planning your life for your future self in middle school or high-school.    That trip across the country never happened, backpacking through Europe became backpacking in the woods behind your house with a 30-pack, and winning the Nobel prize while simultaneously becoming a billionaire before 30 doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

I still have a few years left for that last challenge though…

I plan on documenting the journey via a series of videos, as well as keeping track of how I spend my time, in the hopes that one day it might be of use for someone else.  There are plenty of stories out there of people’s successes, and even failures, but not many people talk about the nitty gritty in between time.  That period of purgatory where you are in limbo between becoming a successful validated business, or disappearing into nothingness.

We’ll see how far the science gets us in our journey, so for now stay tuned for more content, including videos and write-ups about what it is we are actually working on and what we hope to accomplish.

3 replies
  1. Lee
    Lee says:

    I bookmarked this page a looong time ago now, just came across it again.

    good luck in your endeavors!

    Keep us updated

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  2. Jai
    Jai says:

    I have never, until today, been able to say with absolute certainty that I’m done.

    Yep. Just fucking done.

    This has been beyond inspiring; I’m sure a word will be invented one day to describe the soul-shaking revelation I’ve come to. And, curiously enough, it’s a revelation I’ve always known…but it’s only now emerged.

    And now, it’s time to live life on legendary mode.

    — Jai

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