Day Zero Is Today

Life took an unexpected turn yesterday when I lost a really good job opportunity that I thought had been a sure thing.

It’s good, it’s bad, it’s good-and-bad. But, in the end, I think the universe was nudging me to the place where I really needed to be, and it’s all going to be good. Much more good than bad.

The Backstory

At the time, I knew I had two possible paths: 1) directly contribute to battling climate change itself in some technical sense, or 2) fight the GOP’s active obstruction of applying what we already knew about fighting climate change. On both paths, I’d always assumed I’d be starting my own company, like I’d already done once before, with a fair bit of success, back in 2009.

I decided on path #2: fighting the GOP. It didn’t make sense to build technical capability when the deployment of that capability was being so actively hindered in the policy space. And, as luck would have it, I stumbled directly into running engineering at Swing Left. My plan was, I’d fight the good fight there until the election, and then, after our sure victory and the removal of political barriers, I’d then start my own climate startup in November 2020, and dedicate myself to that for the remainder of my career.

The plan worked reasonably well.

Well, at least we won, barely, and we’ve removed Trump from office. The path might not be as clear as I’d like in the policy space, but it’s a heck of a lot clearer than it was before. And I feel like I’ve done my tour of duty there for now, in any case.

So, after the election, it was time to execute Part 2 of the plan: start my own climate startup. I had a great idea, and the expertise to pull it off, and I was ready to go.

Then, a friend/former client of mine called me and asked if I was game to run engineering at his startup. And that caused a bit of a crisis that only resolved itself yesterday.

That Startup

I lost a lot of sleep over this decision. It was extremely difficult. In the end, for reasons I might describe in another post at some point, I decided to go with the friend’s startup and ditch my own.

Oops, Wrong Choice

Narrator: It Wasn’t a Done Deal

It’s not important why this fell apart, specifically, except that you, dear reader, know that it was mostly them and mostly not me :)

This Is a Blessing

I. Am. So. Excited.

And scared.

And embarrassed.

And that’s ok. In fact, it’s better than ok. The universe gave me a little nudge to say: “You were trying to take that smoother-looking path. I understand, but it’s wrong for you. Your destiny lies here and it’s going to be amazing.”

And the universe is right. Thank you, universe. And stay tuned.

Tim Cull, founder of @pollen_io. Random rants about business and my life, plus some politics around election time. Aggressively moderate.