My interest in music led me to an interest in computers and programming, which led me to an interest in business.
I started Cakewalk in 1987 as a bootstrap -- one guy, literally in a basement, writing code, answering phone, driving boxes to UPS every day. To keep going, we had to sell enough stuff that people wanted to buy. Boy did I feel silly during the dot com boom. Anyway, we had to grow organically. We were fortunate to have a great team, great customers, and good timing.
Running one company for ~25 years sounds like it could be boring, except that any given 3 year stretch, it was practically a different company in terms of the challenges and environment.
Running one company for ~25 years sounds like it could be boring, except that any given three-year stretch, it was practically a different company in terms of the challenges and environment. Having said that, as I approached the 25th anniversary in 2012, I decided to conclude that chapter and try something new. Currently I'm enjoying working on various explorations and experiments.
A couple favorite quotes:
"First we shape our tools, and then our tools shape us." --Thoreau
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but
when there is nothing left to take away." --Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
(See also: Occam's Razor.)