What Jonathan Coulton Learned From The Technology Industry

In a new article on GeekWire, Jonathan Coulton explains why he left a comfortable software development job in 2005 to launch a career as an online singer-songwriter. But he also describes the things he learned from the tech industry.
“These guys were doing this thing they wanted to do, this thing they felt competent doing. They didn’t chase after things, and they worked hard, but it was a business they created because they enjoyed it. They tried to minimize the things they didn’t want to do. It wasn’t about getting rich; it was about getting satisfied…

“I wanted to a set a good example to my children. I wanted to be the person I wanted to be, someone willing to take chances — a person who didn’t live with enormous regrets…” Within the first year, he had not replaced his software salary, but had enough success to cover his babysitter and to keep food on the table.

When he was younger — in the pre-internet days — “It was very unclear how to become a musician,” Coulton explains. But somehow rolling his own career path eventually led to a life which includes everything from guest appearances on radio shows to an annual cruise with his fans (this year featuring Aimee Mann, Wil Wheaton, and Redshirts author John Scalzi).


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