In today’s society extroversion is the expected behaviour. We are expected to be able to hold a conversation with anyone, work in groups, brainstorm at workshops and enjoy a good party. These things does not come naturally for everyone and for all introverts out there this require some training.
I have written about products and platforms on the blog before. This seem to be conversation that I am getting back to with both friends and colleagues. I have given arguments why it might not be a good idea to build a platform in my previous post Two arguments for avoiding platforms. In this post I am talking about why you should build platforms but also, more importantly, what you should think about when doing it.
I do not know if you have a bucket list. I do not know if I would say that I have one, at least not a written one, but there are things I would like to do and achieve. One of them have been to have my own company. Last week it was all done. My company is now registered, all tax papers has come through and the bank details are in place. I can finally say that I have my own company.
I had a feeling of emptiness when I left the office just before Christmas. I thought it would be a well-deserved rest after a very intense few weeks but it was not. The questions started to close in. What went wrong? What could we have done differently? There were several theories at the office as I left. If only Korea could make up their minds. It was too many interruptions from other projects. If our manufacturer had not caused such delay on our current product we would have been in a different situation. I am quick to accept the answers but when it all gets quite there is a much bigger question that emerges. Who were we? Who were we really?
Ever so often we finish a chapter in the book we call life and start a new. This is certainly true for me right now.
Last week, we got the sad news that our owner intends to liquidate our company. They are bleeding money and need to do something to turn the situation around. Hence they need to review their costs and we cost money. I am not going to argue if the decision is right or wrong and who’s fault it is that we got to this point. I can just conclude that this chapter in my life is coming to an end.
A great man has passed away. Thank you Nelson Mandela for who you were, the work that you did for South Africa and for the world.