Today I’m 35 years old and I’m quitting my job.
LA Ruby Conf 2012
In 2012, I gave a talk at LA Ruby Conf called “Quit Your Job. Srsly.” It was not meant to be a metaphor. So, I’m taking my own advice. Finally.
Just as I predicted in the talk, I fell off the wagon and took a job again. I’ve worked for the past two years at G5 after forming a team to build a new product. I’ve accomplished (most of) what I set out to accomplish and it’s time to move on.
I’ve put off my own projects and dreams for too long. But enough already! I’m pushing my chips to the center and going all in. I’ve got to take a shot or else I’ll never know.
I’m making five things.
Open Source Offsets
Open Source Offsets is an open source foundation with the goal of paying people to work on open source. Simple. We need backers. Individuals, small shops, large companies.
The Board of Directors is: Shane Becker (@veganstraightedge), Melissa Severini (@luckiestmonkey), Ian McFarland (@imf), Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) and Matt Kern (@lightcap).
Jessica Suttles and I have formed a company called Hypernova to build a personal publishing platform called Homesteading. It’s all open source. If you’re interested, you can help us build it.
All Attack, No Hold Back
A magazine of radical politics aimed right at the heart of the tech community. I can’t talk about the writers that I have lined up yet, but I’m very excited. With this, the kids gloves are coming off. I’m coming out swinging.
I’ve started a small publishing house to put out some of my amazing friends’ work. Photobooks. Novels. Cookbooks. And more. I’ve published one book, so far. I have several more lined up.
Bookis Smuin and I built a dating for straightedge people (though, not just straightedge people). There are nearly 3,000 people on the site. We’re growing the site with more features and functionality, because we love Love.
I’m jumping off the edge of the cliff without a safety net. I have a little bit of nest egg, but not a ton of runway. I still have to pay rent, of course. So, I need these projects to start paying some of my bills sooner than later.
If you like me or my ideas or projects and want to support me and and their development, here’s you can help me out.
Become an Open Source Offsets backer (any amount helps)
Contribute to Homesteading, or hell, invest in Hypernova
- Help fund All Attack, No Hold Back
- Buy the Farmhouse Publishing book/s
- Advertise on Date Edge
Once more unto the breach, dear friends.