Ultimate validation

One of the first products I built was CRM software for non-profits. It was about 2001, and I was 21 years old. Every day after work I’d spend hours and hours customizing each screen and interaction.

Nervously, I approached a local charity and asked if I could demo it for them. They were impressed! The Director invited me to come to their conference, and show it to other non-profits from across the country.

Man I was excited. I burned the software onto 20 CDs (yes, for CD-ROMS), booked my plane ticket, and arrived right as the conference was starting. Glancing at the agenda, I noticed that my demo had an official time slot.

I smiled: it felt like all my hard work had been validated.

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