Justin Hinh always thought he wanted to work in politics. But once he got to Capitol Hill, he began to hear the siren’s call of tech entrepreneurship. Not knowing how to transition himself from politics to tech (he majored in economics and political science), Hinh decided to take a dive into the deep end and start his own company (Vice Price).
What better way to gain experience, right?
This is the story Hinh is currently telling. After deciding to move Vice Price from a full-time gig to a passion project on the side a few weeks ago, he’s been busy applying for jobs. “I’m trying to figure out how to frame my experience,” he said.
Though Hinh isn’t exactly giving up on Vice Price, a site for finding happy hour information all in one place, he is making the big decision to start spending the majority of his time doing something else.
“I realized I don’t have the experience necessary to scale this business,” Hinh told Technical.ly.
That said, Hinh learned a lot in his nine months as a founder/CEO. He can go on and on about how much he learned to appreciate his team — specifically the developers that agreed to help him out. He says he really enjoyed learning to speak dev, learning to compromise between the ideals of product and the reality of code.
Asked if he has any regrets, Hinh pauses. “I prefer to look at them as learning moments,” he says, with diplomacy that isn’t always front and center in Hinh’s brash and blustery style. But of course, there are always things to wonder about in hindsight. Should he have prioritized mobile over web? Could he have focused less on getting seed money?
Hinh smiles slightly before naming his next regret — “talking to the press too early.”
“It was during my idea-heavy stage,” he says, adding that he cringes a little when reading Technical.ly’s first profile of Vice Price. But even this is ultimately a learning moment — a learning moment Hinh hopes to parlay into a long career in tech. He’s thinking civic tech, maybe, an opportunity to combine his background in politics and his more recent experience in the startup world.
There will be more “learning moments” ahead.-30-