Preethi talks about her journey going from working for top companies like Goldman Sachs and Andreessen Horowitz to founding her own startup called TruStory. She goes into detail about the tradeoffs between working as a full-time employee and being a startup founder. Preethi also talks about her experience going through an acquisition with TruStory and some of the highs and lows involved in the process.
Dr. Michaela talks about her journey leaving her dream job at Microsoft to focus on being her own boss. She takes us through how she developed and launched a successful online marketplace but ultimately stopped working on it because it wasn't where her passion was. She then talks about how she found a business idea she really wanted to focus on through being playful. Michaela also discusses how you can find freedom but focusing on running a lean business and lifestyle.
Kent shares his experience building a business in developer education content which replaced his salary and allowed him to leave his full-time job. He talks about how he uses a mix of content types (written, video, and workshop material) to build his audience. He also talks about why it's important to offer free content and why building an audience is crucial for selling courses.
Shirley talks about how she went from doing data visualization work for prominent tech companies to going out on her own as a full-time data visualization freelancer. She dives into some of the important aspects to consider when freelancing in a specific tech niche, including the importance of a great portfolio and strong relationships within the industry. She also gives some great advice on how to ease the transition going from full-time employee to full-time business owner.