Leaving my Startup was the Right Decision

But not because of the outcome.

Thursday December 28, 2023


I remember in 2014 deciding whether to leave my startup after having just helped raise a seed round and finish a highly successful kickstarter. It was either move with the team to Seattle or stay and finish my Master’s degree. My married cofounder even suggested “you could find your wife here!”

I imagined every scenario in my anxiety. I specifically imagined all of my partners making $1M dollars or something. I felt like the decision to leave was a decision to not be a millionaire.

I emotionally came to terms with that possibility. And suddenly, that possible outcome had no allure to me anymore.

I chose to finish my degree and pursue a career in data science. I also luckily found my wife not in Seattle just a few weeks later.

I’ve made this choice a few times in my life: go with the direction I want to go at that time. To hop on the right river.

This was the right decision, because I came to terms with alternate realties and chose what aligned with my goals.

You never know what happens when you flip-a-coin. But you can choose whether to flip.

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Bryan lives somewhere at the intersection of faith, fatherhood, and futurism and writes about tech, books, Christianity, gratitude, and whatever’s on his mind. If you liked reading, perhaps you’ll also like subscribing: