πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’» Going Indie, Again

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πŸ“£ I’m excited to announce that today is my last official day working on Insomnia—the indie project I started in 2014, grew to $20k MRR, then Sold to Kong in July of 2019. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Insomnia coffee mug

When the acquisition closed last year, I knew I’d want to start something new eventually, but didn’t expect it to happen this soon.

My goal when joining Kong was to get Insomnia back on its feet; I was burnt out, overworked, and uninspired. I needed help, and Kong was the perfect company to provide it.

The plan was to offload all business-related tasks so I could get back to doing what I loved—writing code and building product. If I could do that, perhaps my passion would return and I’d enjoy work again. Well, my passion did return, just not for Insomnia.

So… what happened? πŸ€”

On paper, I had the ideal job—great team, successful product, relaxed schedule, and hefty paycheck—but I wasn’t happy, and it took a long time to realize that none of those were actually good reasons to stay. 🀯 After six years working on the same thing, I just couldn’t access the same levels of creativity, challenge, and risk that motivated me during Insomnia’s early days, so I’m making a change.

I’ve decided to leave Insomnia in Kong’s capable hands and return to indie development to find my next project. I don’t have a starting point yet, and that’s intentional. Every great opportunity in my life until now has come by accident, so I’ll be trying out as many ideas as possible to allow the chance of finding something completely different.

Not knowing where you’re going is the best way to get somewhere you’ve never been.
– J. Peterman (Seinfeld)

Maybe I’ll end up working on another developer tool like Insomnia, or maybe I’ll start a deck-building business. 🀣 All kidding aside, I honestly have no idea what I’ll find, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for.


As usual, I’ll be writing about every step of my journey. If you want to follow along, join me on Twitter @GregorySchier or my Newsletter.

See you on the other side πŸ‘‹πŸ»

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