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Silicon Valley Street Cred Badge

November 5, 2011 by EDubya

I earned some Silicon Valley street cred this week. Bizzy, the startup I had been working on for the last year and a half was shuttered. I found out on Monday and our last day as a team was on Wednesday. So bummed.

I could spend a lot of energy worrying about what went wrong, but I’m choosing to concentrate on what went right, because a lot went right.

We were in a hot and competitive space, bringing the power of mobile, community, and simplicity to local reviews. It was a great app. As much as I’m going to miss my team, I’m going to REALLY miss using the app. I think we had something, and I fully believed believe in what we were building. We were iterating, honing, and perfecting, as there is always room for improvement. After all, a work of art is never “finished”, merely abandoned.

I am proud of the work I did. I got to own the voice of our app, and that was awesome. I (officially) became a cartoon character, talking to our users every time they opened our app. We built a community of passionate, engaged users from all over the country out of nothing. They were interested and interesting, and we gave them a platform to call home, at least for a while. The outpouring of love from those users when our announcement reached them meant so much to all of us.

Our community will miss each other and will miss us, and that tells me that I did a good damn good job.

In the end, we didn’t show large enough user adoption in a short enough period of time to make us viable in the long term, and our parent company pulled the plug.

The LBS world is a super crowded space right now. There will absolutely be casualties, however, I do stand by my previous assertion. Apps are not like Highlanders. There can and should be more than one.

I’m still game.

I’m also pretty sure joining a new startup right after closing down another one is worthy of some additional street cred, so I’m on it.

I’m ready to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubble gum.

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5 Comments »

  1. Ryan says:

    Fuck yeah.*

    *Sorry for cussing on your blog.

  2. sheri says:

    Bizzy was awesome and YOU as the voice did kick ass. Bizzy (via your voice) made me want to be just a little bit cooler, hipper, funnier… in a good way. Now go kick some more interweb ass.

  3. Great attitude! You definitely had something to be proud of in Bizzy. As I’ve said, I’m going to miss it and the people, but at least the people are still around. Hope we haven’t seen the last you cartoon you!

  4. Water Well says:

    Great attitude. You done a nice job and have something to proud on Bizzy.

  5. James Smith says:

    What kind of app. again?

    James Smith

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