A short summary of my last months of 2010. Life is good and there is a lot going on right now.
Everything started when we went to Stockholm to code and have fun during a weekend in September. It was a hackathon for open data and APIs in Stockholm called codemocracy. We ended up winning with our entry and got some hype on the internetz. Its a real time map of all the buses in Malmö, pretty cool. You find some of the coverage here, helalf.se, popdevelop.com, idg.se, feber.se, inuseful.se, peterkrantz.com, hb.se, filipandersson.se, andreas.thoresson.net, epsiplus.net and utvbloggen.se. Possibly the most fame i’ve got so far in my 30 years as a software developer (I don’t count selling cameras for $millions). Below is a short interview with @brissmyr about our hack, check it out.
All the positive feedback and our drive to do more stuff together got stronger from this and we continued with other hacks. Trying to handle a full-time job while putting your hart into projects takes a lot of time and eventually it was to much to handle. After a few weeks of talking we decided to start our own company and quit our jobs. At the time I was really broke and actually had some credit card debts. So during the last three month of working at my day-job I have tried to save every penny to be able to survive without my usual monthly salary. We have also put a lot of time into Popdevelop trying to nurture our network, meet new people, record some youtube classics and of course code.
Its has been a great year and it was a long time since i experienced so much in such short time period. Leaving my job as a technical lead for camera projects at Axis was a big step for me. Going from a big company with safety, money and career to starting your own company with no income to begin with is a big change. But the challenges we face is something we enjoy and embrace. So bring it on 2011 @popdevelop is here to stay!