I left one big question hanging in that last entry, though I knew the answer. I meant to leave real space between leaving Inxight and picking what to do next. Though this part was and wasn’t so on purpose, the separation of entries mirrored the thinking. Answer is … starting another company with a co-founder who found me through a friend of mine.
I met Yossi for the first time in mid-April. The week before, I got an incredible offer from SAP. Just 2 weeks before that I’d formally declared my intent to move on, though really six months earlier I’d promised myself that April was it, and said so to Inxight CEO Ian Bonner. During those six months of knowing mentally that I would move on, it was thrilling to feel free and to be ‘available’. But the process had a natural structure of opening, middle, and closing.
The meeting with Yossi started the five week dash to decide despite my intention to wait awhile. SAP and other BigCos could wait for moons with no impact; in the other case, I could feel the ticking, the beating. And the decision came down to these two ends of a spectrum. Either the largest enterprise-software company (note the dash) or the smallest (zero everything).
Two offers I felt I couldn’t refuse. Carlin, my wife, wondered whether if I couldn’t accept either, that perhaps I should turn down both. Utterly sensical, or perhaps radical. Friends, family, new acquaintenances listened, many placed their bets silently, after making sure I wasn’t missing anything major. Most everybody said you have to decide, go with your gut, or follow your heart. You know.
The founding route appeared so suddenly. Magically, as if the universe was saying that I shouldn’t go the easy way to the great offer sitting there. “Hell no, don’t go.” Or that I needed to be a founder even if I was saying I didn’t want to be just yet. “Swing, baby, Swing.”
Was it too fast? Not an affair, but perhaps a rebound? The old man in me was saying, let one go. And the young man, well, you know. One friend said, “as to options developing (too) fast, that’s the v. nature of good ones.”
We’ll see. Meanwhile, my heart is beating loud and clear.