I remember the first time it happened. I was trying to hire a graduating college student to be a developer at SourceGear. The candidate was a great fit for our company, and he had tremendous potential. I figured we would have no trouble adding him to our team.
Then he declined our offer and started his own company.
When I was in college I never dreamed of being an entrepreneur. My energy was focused on getting a job. I did everything the Engineering Placement Office told me to do and simply waited to find out whether I was going to end up working at Microsoft or Procter & Gamble. Starting my own company never crossed my mind.
Even my founding of SourceGear was mostly unintentional. I quit my job at Spyglass and created a company ...