Technology Startup: Loneliness
I'm 1.5 years into building a Healthcare IoT product in an 80/20 venture with my co-founder. The deeper I go into building the business, the more intense and complicated things get, the more isolated I feel. I have my grandfather who was an entrepreneur in his time and he has been a blessing. I have an amazing wife who has been an angel through this journey. My co-founder is one of my best friends and our working relationship is great, but he's 20% in (moonlighting after FT job) and doesn't spend 95% of his waking life in this head-space like I do. He's vowed to quit his job when we hit paydirt but until then, I'm largely alone. It's on me to generate my own energy (and for all of my contractors), do all of the critical thinking and stomach / burn-off all the emotions associated with the process. Even when he does come on FT, he only has a silo'd 20% context.
I understand that this is entirely my own doing. I just wonder what the future looks like. I don't see myself / my person becoming more relatable to the broader population as I go down this path. Maybe in the future I need to move to SV, Austin or NYC because there's people like me really doing this out there? Maybe in the future EO / YPO has the people I'm looking for?
For context, we just put a bow on a product we can sell, we're finalizing a case study with our pilot customer and we just started actively reaching out to sell our product September 1st. The mental transition from product development to sales has been brutal (i.e. being in complete control to influencing the best you can). This definitely feels "darkest before dawn" but there's going to be more of these episodes...
Any advice from those further up the path from I would be much appreciated.