"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. We're always exploring and experimenting."
- Walt Disney
In 2008 I started working with a couple local guys on an app called RunKeeper. Starting a company was new to the other guys but the team was obviously hungry and looking to do something big in their careers. Having started a couple of companies in the past, I knew the passion behind the team would allow us to find a big enough market and product vision that together we could create a meaningful large company that could truly change the world. At first, times were tough. “Who would run with their phone?” was probably the #1 bit of feedback that we got. “Why aren’t you guys on the Blackberry?” and “Nike+ is going to crush you guys” also came up a lot. We ignored the critiques and focused on what really mattered, our passion to grow something big and to listen to the users who also believed in our product and its true potential.
Then in 2009, I quit my day job to focus every waking hour I had into building this company and unlocking the true potential of RunKeeper. No salary, no benefits, no office space, no investors, no board meetings, no press interviews, no panel invites, nothing but focusing on building a great product. Over time we grew, revenue started to pick up, and we were able to start hiring new teammates. I got to work with a lot of truly talented people and even got the honor to hire three amazing engineers who I had worked with previously in my career.
Three rounds of financing totalling $11.5 million, multiple office moves, and a massively growing user base of almost 10 million strong have come, but I know this is just the beginning for this company. I, however, will be moving on. I’ll still be around town, I’ll still be blogging about software and the Massachusetts start-up ecosystem. I’ll still be offering my time to help out other entrepreneurs in whatever way I can. I never say “no” to meeting and helping other entrepreneurs.
For me, I’m an entrepreneur. I start businesses. I create. It is what I love to do. ...stay tuned. :)