Since I haven't posted in quite a while, I figured I should open with a little joke. Sure, I could have started with a lofty introduction about writer's block and the overwhelming expectation to deliver interesting content after such a lapse, but the Yahoo/Cruise joke works too. Life has been busy at Six Apart since my last post (in December!). I've been on the road a lot, speaking about blogs and Six Apart. Additionally, I've had the opportunity to do a lot more design work than I usually do, which is a nice change.
The company continues to grow, as the press we've received indicates. This month we closed a $12 million dollar financing round from Focus Ventures, Intel Capital and August Capital, which we believe will allow us to do a lot of the stuff that we've talked about in the past -- namely creating the sort of service that the proverbial mother will actually want to use. It's probably not a surprise that we've worked really hard to stay independent and grow. We've entered another new stage of the company and it feels good.
Another exciting development is Six Apart's acquisition of SplashBlog. Mobile blogging has always been incredibly important to us -- that's one of the reasons we took our initial funding out of Japan and we've worked closely with partners such as Nokia. With SplashBlog, we got a great team and great line of products. The strength of SplashBlog was further illustrated by the great feedback from webloggers. Look for better integration of mobile applications and our products in the near future.
So what have I've been personally been up to? I had the pleasure to participate and speak at TED 2006 which was really quite the best conference I have attended. Partly because I was able to speak about something I'm so passionate about: the personal side of blogging and why it will change the way we record our lives. I had people such as Al Gore and Tony Robbins tell me that they enjoyed my talk (and of course I documented meeting them)!
Equally exciting were the non-celebrities who came up to me after my talk and told me that they never considered starting a blog before hearing my talk. Or even better, a blogger who writes about politics and who never liked reading personal blogs before. He told me he actually changed his mind because of the examples I presented and the stories that they told.
Out of all the people at TED, the person that was most memorable was Julia Sweeney. She was just so nice in person and awesome onstage as she performed an excerpt from her one-woman show. I embarrassingly told her that I wanted to be her best friend -- she made that much of an impression on me. And, she has a great blog that she's maintained for years!
Speaking aside, I mentioned I've been doing some more design work -- specifically for Comet. Comet entered Alpha testing last month and we've been doing quick iterations based on our testers' experiences. I don't want to talk too much about it until we have something substantial to show the general public, but we've been very happy with the results so far. I've been posting a lot there, so one day you'll be able to see that I really do maintain a frequently updated blog. I said I'm all about personal blogging.
I fear that this post is becoming an epic, so on that note, I will save the rest of my updates for subsequent posts.