Why I joined Cahootify

Taking the leap into the world of startups

Why I joined Cahootify

I am pleased to announce that I recently joined the team at Cahootify and will be leading the charge in redeveloping the interface for their our website. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of such a great adventure.

For a long time now I have been looking for the right opportunity to join a local startup and help them grow. When Cahootify came along they seemed to tick all the boxes and the first month has been great.

Joining a startup

Joining a startup is not a small thing, so it is important to have a personal checklist to make sure you know you are getting into the right thing. I anticipate spending hundreds of hours helping to make Cahootify better and couldn't devote that much time without a true commitment to the cause.

I have summarised a few key points from my checklist:

  • The startup had to have a good end goal which I could believe in.
    Cahootify wants to help people do more of the work they love which is a great purpose.
  • I had to be able to provide a lot of unique skills to the startup.
    Cahootify had no front end developers and limited UX.
  • I needed to believe the startup had every intention of succeeding.
    The time and energy being put into Cahootify can't be argued with, this startup will be successful.
  • And it goes without saying, the team had to be full of nice people.
    So far everyone I've met is amazing!

I think a lot of people forget just how hard it's going to be, there's often a long uphill battle and the only drivers are your team, belief in what you are doing and your own motivation. I believe working in the startup industry is an exciting opportunity that everyone should experience at least once, but not everyone is in the position to try.

Positioning for risk

The last year of my life has been about positioning myself and getting ready to take a leap of faith, I have a lot to lose but I'm prepared for the battle and confident of the victory ahead. Cahootify won't be the only project I'm working on over the next 12 months but it will be of great importance to me so I had to be ready for the commitment.

Getting a safe roof over my head, securing finances and improving my health all played a key part in my preparation and I've never been in a better place than I am right now.

I'll be periodically talking about our progress at Cahootify, discussing front end/UX decisions I make and sharing my experiences. But today I really just wanted to start off with the "why" in a hope others aspiring to take the leap will get a little motivation.