My Datsusara Journey BeginsPosted: January 9, 2012 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: knowsis, Lean Startup, startups 2 Comments
Datsusara (脱サラ) is the Japanese term used to describe leaving life as a salaryman and moving on to do something completely different. It’s not used in the case of moving for more money, out of boredom or due to termination of employment; it’s used to exemplify the act of pursuing a childhood dream or having a moment of inspiration that leads to a completely different career path.
As you may have worked out by now, this post is about me moving on from my current role as Product Manager at 7digital after almost 5 years there to start a company, Knowsis, with two friends . The reasons for me leaving are very much in line with the principles of Datsusara – starting a company is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and a few things have happened recently which have made me realise that there is never going to be a right time to do these things and we need to get out there and Just Do It™ .
Oh, and if anyone has a spare meeting room or some desk space in Central London that we can borrow for the whole day on Wednesday this week it would be much appreciated.
welcome fellow Datsusara. if you ever need some gear email me and i’ll give you a discount on my Datsusara brand bags, yep, loved the idea so much i named the company after it.
good luck, it’s a worthy quest!
It’s interesting how a Japanese word that has Japanese and English mixed together gets used by people of English-speaking countries.
Good luck on the Datsusara. I’m trying to get there as well.