Five years ago I was living in a small town in Niedersachsen working for a German audio company writing installers and automated test suites for an audio conferencing system. Not the most glamorous work, but I had great colleagues and during my time there I developed a knowledge of sausage that would rival even the most astute charcutier. If you asked me then what I’d be doing in five years, it most certainly wouldn’t have been founding a startup of 20+ people working on tools for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, raising venture capital, and dealing with the ups and downs of startup life.
But somehow, that’s where I am. In June of 2012 I co-founded Flux with three amazing colleagues from Google X. We started with four people, grew to seven, dropped to three within six months of starting out, and now have surpassed the 20 person mark. We hope to be 30 people by the end of 2014. We’ve raised two rounds of venture capital from top tier firms totalling over $10M, and are working hard to change how people think about and construct the built environment.
Being a master of machines is one thing, but if you want to get anything done, you need to understand how people work just as well.