I have known Andy for a long time and have always admired his candor, sass and brand, as well as his business sense. Since he has done almost everything right to create an effective business, like:
- Create a successful blog
- Define and own a particular niche
- Develop a huge mailing list of devoted followers
- Team up with great partners like Darren Rowse and Michael Port
- Write a successful book (Blogwild)
- Get mainstream press like the Wall St. Journal and USA Today
I wondered what would make him decide to become an employee.
I think his answers will interest you, if not challenge some of your long-held beliefs about entrepreneurship.
Check out the podcast interview here. It is about 36 minutes.
My conclusion at the end of the conversation is that there is no work configuration that is inherently evil. It is all about what you are looking for, what is important to you, what you are willing to trade off, and how likely you are to be successful on the "outside."
As for me, I think I am, as Jim Collins once said about entrepreneurs, "constitutionally unemployable," but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect someone’s decision to take a day job.
What do you think?
Funny backstory: You will hear as I introduced Andy that I said that Six Apart made Wordpress and Typepad. As soon as I said it Andy caught me. The funny thing is that Andy and I (as well as others at Six Apart) have been going back and forth about Wordpress vs. Moveable Type for my blog redesign.
Sorry for the Freudian slip Andy! 🙂