Joe Stump on Finding Joy Working a Job You Love

In Chapter 2 of 14 in his 2012 interview, Internet entrepreneur Joe Stump answers "What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do?"  Stump shares how working a job he loves comes at the intersection of his passion, his hobby, and his profession - software development.  He compares this to what he thinks it must be like to be a professional sports player and play a game you love for a living.  Joe Stump is a serial entrepreneur based in Portland, OR. He is CEO and co-founder of, a product management software company.  Previously he founded SimpleGeo, which was sold to Urban Airship in October 2011.  He advises several startups - including and ngmoco:) - as well as VC firm Freestyle Capital.  He earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Eastern Michigan University. 


Erik Michielsen: What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Joe Stump: I think what I enjoy most, to be totally honest, is that I get to look like this and act the way that I do and still make a decent living and work on what I love. But I think what I love most about what I do is that it doesn’t feel like I'm actually doing it. I say a lot that I'm often blessed and cursed that my passion, my hobby, my profession are at a perfect intersection.

So, that’s probably like the best thing that you can say, right? ‘Cause like I do exactly what I want to do and I just happen to get paid for it. I think I'm one of the few people maybe that works in an office environment that can say I kinda get what it's like to be like a professional sports player, like they get paid to play a game and like do what they love. So, that’s probably number one.