Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur

/now

— Last updated on Jul 23, 2020

Big news: I quit my job at Google. I’m now living the dream of building my own software business. I’m bootstrapping from zero to profitability as a solo entrepreneur. No venture capital: stay small, stay small.

Trying to start a business in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic might seem crazy to some, but I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve wanted to design, develop, market, and sell my own software since I was 12 years old. Now I’m going to make it a reality. My goal is to earn enough to support my family while doing something I love. I’m going to become the master of my own destiny by earning financial independence.

There’s a major side effect of quitting my comfortable, stable, well-paid job to work for myself… We no longer have any significant income. That means we’ll be living in West Reading in our current home for the foreseeable future. Happily, we still love the area!

I’m enjoying the tranquil rhythm of working from home, hanging out with my daughter and wife, and relaxing with friends online most evenings. Now that we can also go for walks in the park with friends and visit our families, we have everything we need to be happy.

My spare time is currently split pretty evenly between:


(This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’s post The /now page movement.)