agosto 28, 2004

The moment in between

If you've ever started a big undertaking that required substantial financial and time commitment, you probably know the moment I'm talking about. It's the moment in between planning and decision.

You've been planning a new entrepreneurial venture: you have dreams of success and plans to make those dreams reality. But there's the moment in between planning and commitment. You just aren't quite sure that this is really the time when you want to take that risk. You only have a certain number of years and a limited amount of capital. Is this what you want to do? Are you sure?

What do you do? Do you forge ahead by palpably committing yourself to the venture? Do you take some time and think about it? Or do you jump in?

Well, of course I'm writing about it because I'm at that moment now. I've got a new venture that has come up suddenly. It's a remarkably small investment, but has a higher risk than Dingo's would have.

To quote Seth Godin:
So stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That's why there has never been a better time for the new.

So I'm jumping in! There's no time like today. I believe in the idea, I believe in my abilities, and so there's no time like the present.

agosto 26, 2004

la importancia del castellano

¿El Español será algo importante por este negocio? Depende donde lo ubico. Si se radica en un lugar al parte este de la cuidad, puede ser que sí. Pero si es así, entonces tengo problem, porque escribo mejor que hablo.

agosto 25, 2004

Two months later:
Dingo's Calzones isn't dead, but it is definitely on hold. I couldn't find a location, and I was picky. Dingo's -- pizza pockets/calzones targeted at college students who want something different, particularly late at night -- came about because I found a product I loved. As cheap (some might say stingy) as I am, this is my favorite food, and a definite winner on a college campus. No doubts in my mind.

My first attempt at entrepreneurialism might have fallen short, but I'll be back -- maybe even with Dingo's. So in the meantime, I think I may catalog my thoughts as I go down this road, as well as comment on any business news.

Potentially, I have some ideas in the pipeline already, so my next venture might be close at hand.