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Andrew started Resource Guru in 2011. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Resource Guru?
My cofounder, Percy, and I decided to build it while we were working in marketing agencies where we experienced the headaches of resource scheduling. In almost every agency we worked in, people were using ugly spreadsheets to schedule their teams.
I’m from an entrepreneurial family. Both my grandfather and my father ran their own businesses and I was really keen to follow suit. There’s something about watching company profits going into other people’s hands when I’m working my ass off that I find really hard to take. So, when Percy made the suggestion to start our own company, it was an immediate “yes”.
Starting out wasn’t easy. We had to figure out how to survive without our existing jobs and neither of us had any savings. I realized that, if I became a freelancer, I could earn the same amount of money in 7 months than I normally made in a year.
And that would give me 5 months in a year to work on our startup. Percy followed me sometime later but he worked for the company on an unpaid basis for a long time and accumulated a lot of debt. That turned out to be pretty painful for him further down the line.
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