So, here's my story so far, in short...
- Joined a high-ranking open source project, FCKeditor as Core Developer (2007)
- Made it to computer mags (2008)
- Made it to newspapers (2009)
- Made it to TV (2009)
- Went to Beijing and caught a glimpse of the central government's ambition with the high tech industry in China (2009)
- Traveled to Silicon Valley and lived for six months (2010)
- Made it into two Silicon Valley incubators almost simultaneously and accepted one of the offers - SSE Labs (2010)
- Produced two prototype demos within the six months in SV, one of them was made public (SayCheeze), demo-ed to VCs. (2010)
- The other idea is more promising... so I'm working on that ;)
- Hooked up to an editor from Apple Daily HK which allows me to write column articles in weekends. (2010)
It's quite surprising what a determined enough person can do in 3 years. But still, I'm very far from Mark Zuckerberg...
... and that kinda puts in perspective, how big this world is. Mark is only 1 year older than me. A Forbes ranking is not too significant in my eyes - plenty of people can get insanely rich by being lucky - but a hand that guides the path of technology and thus, civilization, is significant. And I mean all these in a concrete, pragmatic sense, in case you think I'm just another dreamer.
Having seen all these powerful people, the body of knowledge and business practices they've built, reminds me of a quote from H2G2:
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space. - Douglas Adams