As you know, I've been fairly consistently blogging about software product management for the last couple of years. This made sense because I was the head of a 20 person product team in my last job. As of this Monday, I've taken the entrepreneurial plunge and am now head of a one man team as I attempt to beat the odds and build an awesome software company from the ground up.
What's potentially interesting about this endeavor is I left my corporate job without a specific killer idea in mind. Instead, my hypothesis is that if I take the time to focus on understanding a few interesting and real customer problems, do the deep customer research, flare around a variety of ideas to fix said problems, and run lots of little experiments, at some point I'll have something to build a company around.
I was recently told by someone much older and wiser that this is unorthodox. "Most people want to leave their current job or have a specific idea they're passionate about. You seem like you're attracted to the the goal of creating a great company but all of the ideas you've described are merely 'experiments.' "