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