DeveloPassion’s Newsletter — Entrepreneurial journey

Sébastien Dubois.
7 min readOct 25, 2021

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Welcome to the 29th edition

Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one ☀️

I honestly didn’t see the week pass by. It’s probably because I’m now living a seemingly endless day, separated by ~2-hour naps. It makes me think of Groundhog Day for some reason… On the bright side, my wife and I have been binge-watching “Lucifer” on Netflix. It’s been fun. Especially thanks to the wonderful British accent of Tom Ellis.

It’s one of those shows that has to be watched with the original audio. Watching it in any other language than the original would be a cardinal sin (pun intended). Here in the French-speaking part of Belgium, 99.9% of TV shows are dubbed, which I’ve always found incredibly sad. The thing is that we’re right next to France, where there’s always been this tradition of dubbing everything. Most of the time, translations are far from great, jokes fall flat, and there are lip-sync issues. Those points alone have been enough to motivate me to learn English back when I was a teenager. For some reason though, many friends and relatives prefer watching everything in French. I just don’t get it. Their loss, right?

Anyways, enough digression. Let’s dive in!

Entrepreneurial journey

This week I’ve been reflecting on my entrepreneurial journey, which started nearly three years ago. The lack of sleep didn’t help and I felt somewhat depressed by the lack of success so far. This pushed me to write a long thread on Twitter. Check it out if you’re curious about my journey:

Here’s a quick summary if you’re in a hurry:

  • Worked on two Startup projects that didn’t go anywhere. The team was not really committed
  • Started freelancing back in 2019 and immediately got to 15K MRR
  • Worked 2000 hours on a Startup project that never launched
  • Almost killed my own company in the process (I had ~1K € left in the bank and had to lend it money to keep it alive)