I’m a software developer who has been developing since I was around 10 years old. I wrote a lot of books on it, actually. I decided to go to school for it, and then I got my first real job in the 90s.
A little later, in 1998, I worked with 18 Ukrainian software developers. This was before outsourcing was really a thing. Only a few businesses seemed to do this successfully, so I started doing it on the side. Over time I realized I could start doing this full-time. I finally opened up my own office because I didn’t want to be a middle-man anymore.
I started with 4 people and now we have over 200. Our first client even helped us fund this office, and they were a client for many years after that.