Early (!) this morning, MessageMe put up a new post on their blog describing their user growth in the first couple of months of release, and their new $10M financing round that we led, with participation from their other existing investors from the seed round, including True Ventures, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, Resolute.vc and others.
We were fortunate to participate in that seed round through our Discovery Fund, so have gotten to know Arjun & Justin & the team over a longer period of time than usual, and have been blown away by how committed they are to building great products & a great company.
Their goal is to help revolutionize the way we communicate in our world of always on, always present, always connected devices. You know, NBD.
I love the team, and I love the product (go get it!) — as you use the product, the first realization you’ll have is that it’s fast. Really fast. Just try it.
The next thing you’ll start to realize — or the next thing I realized — is that it’s just incredibly useful, and thoughtful in the way it’s built. My wife & I use instant location sharing all the time — a couple of taps, and we know where each other is.
But the really enduring thing for me so far is how much fun it is. Taking a few seconds to think about a song or an image to send can often communicate way better than many sentences could.
We’re living in an incredible time of change technologically & socially. The ways in which we communicate are all changing, too. What I love about the way that MessageMe has started, right out of the gate, is how natural and fluid what they’ve built is, and how it feels like an extension of the in person, pen & pencil, or digital communications we’ve had for years, but moved into this ubiquitous realm of mobile.
And as they wrote in their post, others seem to be liking it a lot, too. A million users in their first 10 days; 5 million in the first 75. Processing 1,500 notifications/second now. It’s an amazing start.
But it’s just a start, and that’s clear from everything the team has done and has plans to do — lots to come! We’re very happy to be involved and working with the company on building something groundbreaking.
In the meantime, try out the app & see what you think!
It’s about moments in life that are great but don’t last. They don’t go on, but you always have the memory and they have an effect on you. That’s what I was thinking about.
We do not own Collins’s decision. His courage is not ours. He owes us, and our society, nothing more than he already has given us. He made the decision, I hope, knowing one thing quite clearly, and that is that history is not predictable. It does not move in a straight line, let alone in a straight line to glory. History is a river, with currents and eddies and backwashes, and if you just let yourself drift with it, you will not necessarily find your way from the source to the sea. If every river moved straight and true, from bad to good, from historic crime to ultimate redemption, herring would rule the world. It has been said in too many places now already that the best thing about what Jason Collins did this week was to prove how “normal” his announcement was, and how little an impact it seemed to make, and how supportive most of his fellow athletes were. We will see how “normal” the country will allow his life to be going forward. Oh, we shall surely see that.
Wonderful piece in Grantland reacting to Jason Collins’ decision yesterday.
A crucial reminder that nothing about history is inevitable. That history happens because we all make choices to stand for what we believe in. We make history, or it happens to us.
Amazing & inspirational for Jason to do this, but it’s just a step.
As much as you can, knowing it’s a subjective thing — you’re dealing with human beings — but you always look for a certain talent level, and we like to think about somebody’s work ethic, what they’ve proven as far as what type of teammate they might be,” Popovich said. “In our vernacular we talk about people who’ve gotten over themselves, [who] can cheer for teammates’ success, as well as their own. When you find those kind of people, they’re more interested in the group than they are themselves. That’s a winning formula in most cases.
This is ostensibly an article about the differences between how the Spurs and Lakers approach building & winning, but I find it to be just as relevant to how we build winning organizations.
As some folks know, I moved around a lot growing up, but spent my high school years in San Antonio, right when they went from horrible to not-as-horrible by drafting David Robinson, a role model in many, many ways. And I know that most folks think watching the NBA, let alone the decidedly low drama Spurs, is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
But ever since Popovich got there, and then Tim Duncan, it’s just been an incredible organization to watch. They’re so committed to developing players, so committed to finding them wherever they are in the world, so committed to winning over the long term and in the right way.
It’s easy to focus on the superstars — and just like sports, in a lot of ways the technology world is indeed driven by superstars — but having an amazing team top to bottom, and a mindset that you’re always going to be developing each person, and developing the team overall — in my view this balance is the key to long term, durable success.
This quote just captures so much about what makes the Spurs special, and what makes some of the companies I’m involved with the same.