After a long round of job interviews with both think tanks and startups alike, I got to wondering if I should start my own thing. That would really meld my wanting to move the needle on national security, be relevant and practical, and extrapolate to a larger tech landscape all at once. I am honestly tired of the stagnating security ecosystem I find myself boxed into, and I don't know if anyone has the appetite to take a chance on me.
That's not to say that I've got it all figured out, or that I'm quitting the job search entirely. But ever since I started my own martial arts enterprise, a tiny seed was planted that maybe.. just maybe, I can find my own way to exist in a world where I am frequently the oddball with weird solutions that just might work.
I mean, security and combatives are fields that have room to celebrate the unexpected. That is where I want to live my life.
I was browsing through LinkedIn feed, and came across this video somehow. It was actually quite reassuring. Like he says, the space is big, and there are many questions left to answer.
Here's the most salient part of that presentation...
- What problem do you solve?
- How do you solve that problem?
- What is your proof that you can solve this? (e.g., a patent? A PoC? An open source technology used by hundreds all over the world? Years/decades of consulting on this very topic?)
- What are you asking to do with venture capital?
- What is your vision of success? This will help you figure out the wheat from the chaff.
And lastly... this was a quote that I'd taken to heart for my martial arts venture, and it gladdened my heart to hear Ron say it too.
"Be merciless about supporting your customers." ♥ – Mr. Gula, Gula Tech.