In September 2009 I founded a hot new web agency together with my friend Viktor Miranda. Half a year later, in March 2010, we invited Per Sandström to enforce our team. We called ourself Kollegorna and we were engulfed in a burning passion to craft beautiful web.
Over the course of the last two years we have built some really great sites and had a lot of fun doing it. There are too many understanding clients, helpful freelancers and great colleagues I would like to thank for this time. It has been a blast!
That is the positive side of it. The negative side is something Tomas de Souza described so very spot on (in swedish). It is about working every awaken hour of the day and always feel this constant stress, like you are always on the verge of drowning.
Developing eventually became a chore for me, “spare time” turned into a bad joke and I started perceiving my fellow peer developers as competitors. Not very admirable but there you have it. Basically it stopped being the fun I love it for.
I know people who have lived like this for too long and it is not a pretty sight when they inevitably crash and burn. A few have managed to cope with it and are able to still lead a healthy life. I admire that but realize too well I am not able to myself. I get way too involved.
For that reason I am leaving Kollegorna. It has been an amazing time of my life and I am grateful for the friends I have made in Viktor and Per. We part on the best of terms and will hopefully continue to do fun stuff together for many more years.