Lessons I’ve Learned From A Start-Up So Far! – Part 1

So it is now early August and Brain Drain has launched! I say ‘launched’, but it was a soft launch and we are positioning it as a beta release (hey, some products spend their whole lives in beta so who cares? It is all about managing expectations). So far, so good. But now the fun really starts so if I keep on top of MutterLog I should continue to give you updates as well as posting interesting things about product development and business in general.

Having passed such a massive milestone in the life of Brain Drain, I thought it might be a good time to start a series of posts sharing what I’ve learned so far.  Continue reading


First day back in the office after Easter – I was dreading it. But Granddad didn’t think the website problems were a big deal at all. He quite strenuously said they weren’t my fault. I think they were, at least in part (I should have tested it!) but at least I can remain employed for a little longer.

It goes to show how rusty you can get after taking time out of the workplace. I have a sense now of how difficult it must be for women returning to work after having children – especially if they have taken a couple of years or more out. I felt as though certain parts of my brain had just fallen asleep and I’m not sure they are fully awake yet. This is probably contributing to my ongoing confidence issues so I can only hope they will recede in time.

2014: New Year, New Job

In mid-February 2014, I started a new job. From the world of very large media, publishing and information companies, I found myself at the other end of the spectrum: in a small, sparsely furnished office with two other people trying to work out how to start a new business. Exciting? Certainly. Terrifying? Oh, yes, so very terrifying.

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And so it begins …

I am sitting in the cafe of Google’s London campus. The coffee, while good, is expensive. I am the youngest person in here by at least 20 years. Everyone is either achingly hip or nonchalantly scruffy. I am in a suit, sans tie, and I can tell that everyone is looking at me with a mix of curiosity and nervousness as though I am either in law enforcement or (so they hope) angel investment. But I am neither. I am one of them.