An Astonishing 2006

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Exactly one year ago we were on the brink of “launching” at the DEMO Conference.

Our beta software was fragile (at best) and we were to be the first software company to present on stage in front of 700 people. We were more than a little terrified — but after draft number 12 of our presentation, we were also well prepared. We had contingency plans for the backup plans — we were ready to tell the entire story even if every machine on stage went dark, there was no internet connection, and the mikes went dead. None of which happened, of course.

I was again reminded of the risks involved in “putting yourself out there” while watching the movie, Little Miss Sunshine, last night. There was a very touching scene where a wonderfully profane Alan Arkin applauds his failed son (Greg Kinnear) for having tried to create and launch a business on his own. He said that most people never even try, himself included.

So, for all of those brave souls who face the fragility of beta software combined with the 6 minute countdown on stage in front of — oh, everyone that matters — we salute you. Likewise, for all of you who have a passion, an inspiration, something that you just cannot not do, we hope that you go for it, and we wish you the best of luck in 2007.

There are many people to thank for a year that exceeded our expections on every dimension. At the top of the list are the Blurberati, because it is always all about the people. “Thank-you” somehow seems inadequate when recognizing the fine folks who consisently bring their talent, good humor, and smarts to the job every day.

Next on the list to thank are the many thousands of people who made Blurb books in 2006. I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see the sheer range of creativity unleashed by a product like this. Brilliant.

Finally, a special shout-out to our investors and Board. It’s been a pleasure.

Here’s to a happy, creative, healthy and prosperous 2007!


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  1. Well, I for one am glad that you took that leap. I’ve watched Booksmart grow up a great deal this year, and with each revision it gets better, easier and faster. Keep up the great work guys, we appreciate it. (and having gone back and watched your demo again, Eileen, it rocked.) Each night, it seems, I think up new ways I can do things with Blurb. Well done.

      January 1, 2007 – 5:44 pm   Permalink

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