My Mantra

I was reading through the interview Offscreen did with Drew Wilson for their first issue when I stumbled upon this quote:

Everything I’ve ever built was built because I wanted it to exist so I could use it.

Replace “built” with “done” and you have the response I give to everyone when they ask me why I did something.

Seth Kravitz of Technori fame once asked my why I started the Boostrappers Breakfast in Chicago. He assumed, like most people, that I get some leads, work, etc… from it. My response was simply

No, I don’t get anything from this, besides some social capital. I did this because it needed to exist.

A bit overwrought and dramatic, but it’s the truth. It’s easy to work through the kinks and do something when you’re the audience for it. Your standards will also be higher.