- People seem to be set in their own ways, which makes them unwilling to correct mistakes before they turn into huge errors. I may be wrong on this, but I don’t think any app with social functions should be programmed without a SQL database, because having relational tables makes searching so much easier without doubling records.
- There was simply no business model. We fought to figure out ways to make money because the upper management told us to focus on the outreach first. And yes, having a product is essential, but it is also essential to talk to service providers with concrete figures and profit margins
- Having a fancy office doesn’t make your office legitimate in China.
- There is a distinct lack of transparency in the business culture here, which really eliminates the typical pathways of start-up culture. I had never done a project before without using SCRUM or Agile methodologies, and without a program manager, I often had to roll out features in days rather than weeks.
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Good post. I think the willingness to express vulnerability like that is both very difficult but also very important and useful.
Overall I don’t think you need to cast leaving your job as a failure. At the end of the day, you’re just making a decision about what is best for you at this point. In fact, I think the decision to leave a stable job without something else lined up is pretty courageous and not a step that many people would take, because of inertia, risk aversion, fear of failure, etc. So I think the willingness to push yourself out of an intolerable environment is a big and important thing.
Now with all of that said it may be the case that you made the decision to TAKE this job in the first place badly. What I would be focusing on at this point is how you ended up where you are. Based on the information that was realistically available to you at the time, do you think you made the best decision possible? Maybe you did and this was just one of the many good bets you will take in life that will happen not to pay off. Or maybe it wasn’t, and you can learn something important and useful for the future from it. In the end, all you are doing is going through life and learning. Life is an evolutionary experience: some things will work out, and others won’t, but I think the key thing is to learn something from it so that you can keep making things better through time.
Keep your head up!!
Thank you for the words of encouragement! I’ve honestly felt like everything has been going up in flames around me for the last couple of weeks. One thing that I realized — and i think i knew all of this before — is that startups are more about just a great idea, but it’s execution.
In January, we had a way to fund the operation and we had the idea itself, and the team I was on was responsible for the execution. But somewhere along the way, things broke down communication wise and in regards to packaging what we were doing to a chinese audience.
The other frustrating thing was how quickly we changed direction after a ‘failure’ and how quickly we went from 0 to 60 to abandoning an idea, but that may just be China.
I’m in talks with joining a company with a large corporate feel, while developing something on my own on the side and I largely don’t know how i feel about that
Yeah, ideas without the right tools (people, resources, etc.) to execute them aren’t worth much. If a company isn’t well-managed, it isn’t going to go anywhere.
Regarding what you’re looking at and how to feel about it… let’s talk soon.