I am on a plane right now, watching home renovation shows on HGTV, thinking about how much fun it is to fix things up.
Doing projects around the house (last year I built an exterior staircase and made new kitchen countertops, the year before that I built a mudroom), coding and buding apps, and working w founders to improve companies (what we so at USV) are all the same – starting out with something with promise, seeing the vision for the potential, and doing the work to fix it up.
It is just so satisfying, so fun, and so rewarding. It’s also scary and stressful, full of unknowns. Luckyfor me, both as a DIY home improver, and as a self-taught coder, and now as a yeoman venture capitalist, it’s easier than ever to learn from the outside.
I learned how to code by reading books, using open source code, and by benefiting from the questions and answers if countless others on stack overflow.I learned how to build and fix homes from a short stint working in construction after college, but now mostly by watching videos on YouTube.
But anyway, point is just that making things, and fixing things, is just the best. It’s my favorite thing to do, and what I plan to do in as many ways as I can, for as long as I can.