startup rant launches beta

March 30, 2006

I am living the Web 2.0 dream. That is, I am working 80 hours a week for just enough to pay food and rent, and living under constant fear that either Google is going to launch a competing service that slaughters our user base leaving only bones in its wake, or Bubble 2.0 will burst before we've had a pay day and I'll be just as broke as when I started, except even broker. This is not what I expected I would end up doing.

Last year I co-founded an internet startup with a good friend of mine. It is in the heart of Web 2.0. Its about sharing. It does RSS feeds. Its built on AJAX. It has a cute-sounding, non-English-word domain name. We have, in the past, claimed to be in "beta" (even though this was a complete lie and meaningless). It only works in two browsers, and doesn't degrade at all. We roll out features that sometimes break for more users than not, because we never bothered to put together good QA/Test. We don't have revenue, haven't bothered thinking too hard about revenue, and don't really understand finance very well at all.

I am starting this blog for a few reasons:

  1. Right now I spend 90% of my waking hours at work and I need a place to let off steam. For example, today I woke up, went to the office, worked until 7pm, went to the gym, went BACK to the office, and stayed until 12:30am. I'm going to use this as a forum to bitch about startups, the internet, google, the poor state of our finances, etc.
  2. As far as I know, there isn't anyone else doing this. Of course, I haven't looked very hard. I actually haven't looked at all (I may do a technorati search after writing this post). Sure, there are a lot of startups that have company blogs (mine included), but most of these are just used as PR mouthpieces (mine included). I want to give people an honest, insiders look at how my life has been consumed by a tech startup monster.
  3. I've always wanted a blog, but have so far had no time since I've been working on my startup 24/7. The last time I went on a date (months ago), I realized I have nothing to talk about any more besides my company. Since I no longer am interesting as a person beyond my work, I figured I should probably just stick to that.

I am writing all this anonymously because I want to be able to say things that would in all probability piss the hell out of my employees/investors/co-founder/users if I said them in public. This is the coward's way out. I acknowledge that. But you don't see the guys at Writely announcing that now that they sold the company they can kick back, stop doing shit, and buy the Lincoln Navigator they always wanted. I can truthfully promise that if we sell our company, you'll be treated to thousands of hi-res photos from every conceivable angle of my new Navi sitting on Spreewells.

A note on my shitty WordPress theme: I sit at my computer for 12 hours a day every fucking day, so if you think I'm going to spend time figuring out how to prettify this blog, you, my friend, are sorely mistaken (this was the least ugly theme I could find on my cursory glance through the system).

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One Response to “startup rant launches beta”

  1. what ever Says:

    You have a Navigator fetish?

    Eeew. That car smells like old people.

    Just eew.


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