Challenge has always driven me in life – first with judo and now with my company, GuardSquare. I can now say that starting GuardSquare is ten times more educational than professional sports! I used to work as an independent software engineer, so I didn’t have any experience working in a team, let alone leading one. ProGuard is where it all started. Eric released his open-source software in 2002 and it became widely adopted by developers. When Google included ProGuard in its Android SDK, we received constant requests for additional features. Knowing this was a golden opportunity, we decided to take the chance and found GuardSquare.
Today, I learn a lot by talking to company leaders that are a few steps further in their development. I don’t fear making mistakes, and I’ll gladly adapt to the feedback I get. I believe that constant adjustment is the key to success.
If I have a tip for startup founders, it’s this: don’t look back. Learn from your mistakes, but don’t linger on them for too long. Keep your goal in mind and don’t lose focus. Enjoy each moment to the fullest!