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Michael Karnjanaprakorn - Issue #54

Michael Karnjanaprakorn - Issue #54
By Michael Karnjanaprakorn • Issue #54 • View online
We have 86 days until the end of the year. Where has the time gone?
I spent September getting the new company off the ground. At first, it was weird to have a work “schedule” again. It took a week to get back into the groove. It was the little things that I had to pick back up again: setting goals, prioritizing my week, scheduling meetings, communicating directly, making decisions, etc.
Going from 0 to 1 requires a lot of inertia. Building the momentum starts off really small. This stage of a company is both exciting and difficult. Anything is possible! Everything is difficult! There are skeptics. There are believers. Everyone has an opinion and will point out the warts.
Finding the opportunities in the non-obvious areas (YC calls these toy markets) requires a lot of conviction. Betting against the consensus and being right is hard, which is why 99% of startups fail. But, that’s what sets apart the great companies from the good ones.
When I left Skillshare, my intention wasn’t to start another company. I went to cooking school. I read a book a week. I got my health back on track (thanks to Brooklyn PhysioTherapy)! I traveled around the world with Leah. I advised and invested into startups.
Like all things in life, I went full circle. I explored every other idea but went back to what I am passionate about… building things from scratch and bringing ideas to life. Especially those that can democratize access and help close the income inequality gap.
I’ll continue to document the journey through this newsletter. Whatever the outcome, it’ll be a fun journey!
I’m also hiring engineers, business operations, and designers. If interested, please reach out.
- Michael

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