Last week was a big week for me. I finalised the sale of my shares in Animade, the animation company I co-founded in 2010, and acquired all shares in Boords, the storyboarding SaaS I've been building for the last 5 years. As of right now, I'm a full-time independent product person. Happily, my co-founder Tom and I completed the whole process amicably.
As you might expect, it's a mixed bag emotions-wise. I'm of course sad to see the end of a professional relationship which yielded so much. This is mixed with relief to be at the end of a year of legal back and forth, and excitement to start a new chapter of my life.
I didn't appreciate how much energy the legal process took out of me until it was over. Tom and I agreed on the top-line terms in an hour or two, but the whole process took just over a year. While time actually spent doing legal things - signing documents, gathering information etc. - was very small, the mental parking space it occupied in my head was very large indeed. I suppose that's to be expected with something which touched so many parts of my life.
Now that it's done, I'm excited to be able to dedicate more energy to making things and contributing to the indie software community as a whole. Building software is where I feel I have the most to offer, and happily is also what I enjoy.
In future, these posts will have more structure. Every other Thursday I'll share 3 items of interest from my work building software products. If you'd like to get a flavour of the regular format, there are a handful of posts from the last few months in the archive.