I’m joining party.io!

My search for the Next Big Thing has ended. I’m joining forces with the super-talented ninakix to co-found party.io!

You do read Nina’s blog, right? Or you’ve read her TechCrunch post about the social network paradox? They’re definitely worth checking out. Nina is actually from the Internet.

I’m taking the role of CTO at party.io. I have just 3 responsibilities:

  • building our technology
  • creating a sustainable culture focused on speed, learning, and mentorship
  • hiring talented people that are passionate about our mission and culture

That’s like… lots of my favorite things. Giddy up!

I’ve updated my profile to share this new information on a variety of sites and networks. But those updates being very brief, I thought I’d take a second here to discuss in more detail.

As some of you know, I recently left a position as a Principal Engineer at the Walt Disney Company. Originally I came to Disney via the acquisition of Togetherville – a startup I joined in 2009. Disney is a company with a rich heritage and I was able to participate in some interesting discussions about what the digital frontier holds for such a company. But it’s also a very large organization, and I knew I wanted to do another startup as soon as possible.

There’s just no feeling like putting a new, original idea out into the wild and seeing what happens. We say start-ups are our babies. It’s true! But of our memes – not our genes. New companies are idea-babies that require an extreme commitment to raise and prepare for success at-large. But if you can do it the satisfaction of making a meaningful, lasting impact is very rewarding.

Togetherville’s co-founders, Mandeep and Raj, had an idea to make the Internet as capable a place to learn and share for kids as it is for adults. I liked that idea, and so did everyone who worked at Togetherville. I’m proud of all that we accomplished together. I learned a lot. I’ll miss all of the fantastic people I worked with there – you know who you are!

So… what’s party.io?

Online conversation, but for humans.

Ha. That’s not an official tagline, but just how I like to put it sometimes. I can’t wait to have you try it out.

Contact me

Let’s meet or catch up; I’d love to tell you more. Email me anytime (dzello at party.io) or drop a line in the comments.