about giving up an amazing grad school offer and risking so much for this idea a couple friends and i had
is being part of a small group of people who share common values and visions, a sense of ethical responsibility, and the desire to place people over profit and turn down the big money for the right reasons.
for the past couple months, we’ve been making pretty good money doing work that we started, we created, we developed, and that we’re passionate about and interested in. but we sat down the other day and talked about the direction we were headed in, the responsibilities and obligations we had to certain clients, and made a really, really important and scary decision that has now left us penniless.
it was the decision between making a lot of money—close to $50,000/mo starting out (divided up amongst our team and business expenses, of course) while compromising our principles and ideals—or making no money at all (for the short term only, inshallah) and keeping those principles intact.
we chose the latter. it was unanimous. not a single one of us needed convincing that it was the right thing to do. not a single one of us questioned the value of retaining our steady income and receiving a massive raise over the shared principles that have guided our venture and our friendship so far.
and you know what? is it scary? of course. but it also feels damn good. it’s the same reason i turned down the job with facebook. the job(s) with government agencies: the refusal to let money dictate the trajectory of my life or compromise my character.