Sep 3, 2010

Timing Lessons

Some friends and I started talking about creating an "internet company" in 1999. We considered social bookmarking and consumer reviews but finally launched a social blogging network called Xanga in 2000. Back then, I didn't have a mobile phone.

After leaving that job, a Canadian developer and I collaborated via Internet in 2003 and put together a microblogging service called Sideblogger. Many blog posts were so short, they didn't seem like full posts. "Sideblogging," I declared, "wave of the future."

Along with some new friends at Google in 2004, we launched Blogger Mobile. We had a comic strip description and our very own jingle. The idea was simple blogging "on-the-go" from your mobile device. By this point in my life, I had a mobile phone.

In 2006, I collaborated with another friend to build something that blended mobile, blogging, and social. At first, nobody cared but we kept at it and in 2007, we founded Twitter, Inc. It's September 2010 now and more than 145 million people have accounts.

Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success. Surrounding yourself with smart people you like to work with helps immeasurably. We've got a long road ahead and I'm looking forward to another ten years.