So, here it is, 6:00 in the morning, and I’m just getting off work for the day. Web 2.0 starts today, and as the social browser company, we were naturally eager to demo our software at this important conference. The whole team is together in Palo Alto for the first time this week —
Lloyd D Budd in from Canada, Robin * Slomkowski in from Germany, and of course little bumpkin me in from Tennessee. It’s so far been a week of late nights, sometimes very productive and sometimes very frustrating, but so far, it feels like it’s paid off. We have kind of a kick-ass (if still pretty darned buggy) browser that I finally feel like I can just about use on a day-to-day basis. It’s helping me to collect links for this post and in fact to actually write the post, and that’s a very cool thing. As noted previously, I’m not really in a position to talk about specific features just yet, but I can say that what we’ve done is very cool. There are some big new things and then there are a number of smaller things that just make the browser less cumbersome to use. Plus it looks really snazzy.
That’s me in the picture, tag-teaming some nasty theme stuff with Manish Singh. We work out of a messy garage office piled high with beer and energy drink cans. Geoffrey brings his pooch, Stella, in on most days, and it turns out she can be pretty therapeutic. I spent about twenty hours in the office yesterday, and I’m not even one of the guys who sprawls out on the floor to catch a few winks between marathon coding sessions. It’s been a hard week but so far a mostly rewarding one and often a fun one. Here’s hoping those in attendance at Web 2.0 will think our product worth a second look once we’re in a position to release in the fairly near term.
It’s 6:00 a.m. and I’m too wired to sleep. I’m playing with our product, and I think I’m going to work on some side projects now and maybe sneak in some reading. Then it’s back into the office in another four or five hours to tie up loose ends with the demo and to work on a release plan for the coming days and weeks.