In 2006 I was studying double bass at the Music Conservatory of Ghent and I was also aiming for the breakthrough of my band Colorless Green Ideas. I noticed that there were great new opportunities on the internet for upcoming bands. Those were the early days of MySpace, Last.fm and YouTube. Facebook and Twitter weren't even on the radar yet. There was a lot out there, but it was a big chaos and I wanted a sort of musician's dashboard to control all this. It was the beginning of my start-up journey.
As a musician, and even with a PhD in linguistics under my belt, I was not really prepared for start-up life. I new absolutely nothing about business, and absolutely nothing about software coding. I learned A LOT. Musedash, 'the online dashboard for musicians and their teams' never became a success, but I can only repeat: I learned A LOT.
Looking back, I would say I hoped I had learned two things right from the start, and not after so many years of struggling. If I should give advice to someone unexperienced (as I was in 2006) about a start-up, I would say two things:
I followed many business courses and I attended network events. Obviously, I also learned many things over there. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
While I was working on my own start-up Musedash and on more recent projects, I developed some coding skills. One of my main targets for next year is to become a more experienced software developer. I already have basic knowledge about:
I speak the following languages: