A Saturday morning briefing on innovation and society.
My entire adult life I've always had a few multi-year projects going on that I was very passionate about. Some succeeded, some I recognized that I had to let go, but in a few cases the letting go was way too drawn out. The successes resulted in publications, patents, and shipped commercial products. One I started in late 2001, but took 14 years before finally I was able to co-found a startup in 2015, leading to functional prototypes in 2022. But also in 2022 interest rate effects on VC funding caused my company to re-direct its business. Now after 22 years of passionate pursuit of one vision, I have to decide if I want to try to find some way to continue it, verses going back to another passion project I gave up on decades ago (a custom chip to support massively parallel neural networks for AI).
I gave up on a passion project business--when I was blacklisted by other fight promoters in the industry. There's a quote "I started a business to find myself"--I think this was me at that time! I may even come back to it in the future--I really enjoyed it and help others in that space currently. But it was a money suck--a ton of lessons learned!