Well, it’s been way too long since our last post. I think we need to update this thing more, so I’ll try my best to give you all something new more often.
Since the last post, we went to the Crunchies and got runner up for Best Bootstrapped Startup. That was cool. It was nice that Dave McClure was giving out the award since he was one of the first people we spoke with after we launched the pre-alpha for last years SXSW. He gave us great advice over BBQ ribs on a rainy day in Austin. He said to never tire of your focus but get plenty of rest because it’s good to be awake if you can… At least that’s what we think he said. It was hard to tell because of all the rib eating and stuff.
So here we are. Still bootsrappin’ and still in Santa Cruz. The title of this post is “Santa Cruz is Super!” and here’s why. In Santa Cruz, they write a big story about you for the front of the business section of the local paper just for getting runner up for an award! Beat that San Fracisco or San Jose! It’s not gonna happen. But it does in Santa Cruz. Check it out: 12seconds wins runner-up at 2008 Crunchies.
This is a special place. The people are kind and supportive. I was actually part of the first internet startup here in town. IUMA. It was 1993. We’d get people walking in off the street asking what they could do to help. We’d also get people coming in and asking if we were the Internet. But people were so cool. It feels very similar now, especially because of NextSpace where we keep a tiny office. NextSpace is an awesome c0-working space right down town. It houses dozens of engineers, designers, lawyers, service providers, architects, and startups. Our friends UserVoice are right down the hall. It’s an exciting place. We get people stopping by all the time to ask us questions or to offer their help. It really feels like home.
Santa Cruz is 45 minutes away from Sunnyale, and 80 minutes away from downtown SF. It’s just close enough to stay connected, but far away enough to stay sane. It’s a good place to be, I recommend it.