Building in public in 2021

Hello, I'm Charles Williamson - welcome to my blog!

The idea of starting a blog has been on my mind for a while but is not something I've got around to, until now.

A bit about me

For those who don't know me, I'm Charles - CEO of Stairway, where we're on a mission to inspire the next generation of STEM learners. I've been passionate about both STEM and Education for many years, driven initially by my own experiences as a student, a few years ago. In the past year, we've raised our first round of investment from Connect Ventures, launched Stairway for iOS, launched two new subjects (Physics and Biology), and begun the development of Stairway for Android.

Before founding Stairway I worked on the team at Entrepreneur First, where I met 100s of founders who were finding co-founders, starting companies, and going on to raise their first round of venture capital. I learned so much in the short time I was at EF that has been invaluable in starting a company myself.

I studied Computer Science in London for a year in 2017-18 but chose to drop out to build Stairway instead.

Why I chose to start a blog

Throughout 2020, I built a habit of writing. In 2021, I want to share and build more in public. There are several reasons for this: firstly, I believe writing consistently in public will improve the quality of both my writing and my thinking; secondly, Twitter has shown me that sharing publicly online can lead to meeting many great, like-minded people as a byproduct and I want to connect with more like-minded people in 2021, and thirdly because I know how valuable other people's writing has been for me, and hope mine will do the same for others out there.

There are many attractive platforms to publish content online - I chose Ghost because I value creating something that is my own and controlling its distribution. You can also access the posts shared here in the form of a newsletter, by subscribing. In the future, I plan to share some posts as member-only, so subscribe if you don't want to miss them

What will I be writing about?

I plan to write about anything that interests me, but you can expect there to be plenty on my first-hand experience of launching and growing Stairway, including posts on Consumer Technology, Education, Product Management, and strategy.

If there's anything you'd particularly like me to hear on, write to me! I'd love to hear from you - you can reach me at

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