Five years ago this January, I wanted to solve a personal problem: finding events I cared about and sharing them with my friends. Nine months later, Upcoming.org popped out and changed my life forever.
What next?In case you haven't noticed, Waxy.org went into cryogenic sleep shortly after we were acquired as all my energy went into building and growing Upcoming. I've missed writing and coding here badly, so I'm thrilled to make a second announcement:
Next year, I'm focusing exclusively on Waxy.org and related coding projects. What does that mean? Yes, more links, but also the same flavor of original research and investigative journalism I've done in the past, though on a daily basis instead of the quarterly (ack!) schedule I maintained this year.
I'm going to be taking some time off for the rest of the year to travel and get things in order (e.g. I'm long due for a redesign), so don't expect things to really get moving until the first week of January. Stay tuned to the feed for details.
What about Upcoming?I have the utmost faith that Upcoming will thrive without me, as the team continues to make the site better and better. (Truth be told, I've gradually taken myself out of all the daily machinations and I don't think anyone really noticed.) We don't release stats, but we've seen wonderful growth over the last two years and I feel like we're just scratching the surface. I can't wait to see some of the high-profile improvements we've been working on get released over the next weeks and months.
I'm eternally grateful to everyone who supported Upcoming, but most of all to the dedicated and passionate community. (You rock so hard, it hurts.) Special thanks go out to Stewart and Caterina, without whom the acquisition never would've happened, and the Yahoos that believed in what we were doing enough to bring us on, but especially Paul Levine, Bradley Horowitz, Jeff Weiner, Jerry Yang, and all of Yahoo! Local. Thanks to all my brilliant co-workers, without whom I would've gone insane: the entire Flickr team (but especially George, Heather, Aaron, Dunstan, Tara, Matt, Kellan, Dan, Paul, and Cal), the Brickhouse team (esp. Ernie, Rabble, Kevin, and Tom), the Pipes team (Pasha, Ed, Jonathan, and Daniel), my fellow acquirees (Joshua Schachter, Eric Marcoullier), and the rest: Cameron Marlow, Ian Rogers, J.R. Conlin, Chad Dickerson, Mor Naaman, and Jeffery Bennett. You're all awe-inspiring.
Finally, huge pieces of cake to the Upcoming team -- Leonard, Gordon, Neil, Shawn, Kelsey, and Vince. I love you, guys.