Moving On

Well all, sadly it is time for me to move along from Bloglines. The service is in great hands with Ask and I am confident it will live long and prosper under their watch.
But “why” you cry? According to my ever-present Ask PR twin, “to spend more time with my family.” And it’s true; my cats have begun to run with a bad crowd. Beard Papa has some new stores that need visiting. And there are American Idol tryouts just around the corner and I need to get gussied up.
But the real reason is once a start up guy, always a geek (I know, say it ain’t so!). So what’s next? At some point I’ll start another company; that’s a difficult habit to break. But I’m also going to focus more of my time helping other startups and newbie entrepreneurs, something I’m finding increasingly rewarding. I haven’t really discussed that aspect of my career much here on the blog, but I’ve recently been involved with two startups. When Plaxo first started, I gave them some technical help. More recently, I’ve been serving on the board of directors of One True Media, a startup that provides some great on-line tools to create and edit videos. I’ve also really enjoyed my recent speaking engagements, where I’ve been able to talk about the process of starting a company and some of the lessons I’ve learned.
In the meantime, Bloglines is in the capable hands of a great team at Ask, first and foremost led by Jim Lanzone, and including Robyn, Paul, Alan, Ben, Rob, Ryan, Andrew, Doug and Scott. Over the past year and a half, they’ve become the driving force behind the service and it is time to let them run with it. During that time, some of the major updates to Bloglines included: Package tracking, HotKeys, drag-and-drop feed management, Ping tracking, as well as vast and numerous improvements to the Bloglines infrastructure. And if that wasn’t enough, just look at the new Ask.com Blog & Feed Search as an indication that there are lots of great Bloglines innovations to come.
I’m not disappearing. I’ll be one of the speakers at this Saturday’s Techdirt Greenhouse conference. I hope to see you there.

Comments

  1. Mark,
    All the best in your new ventures. I got the impression that you were a startup guy, and am surprised that you stayed at Ask/Bloglines as long as you did. The improved blog search is a good note on which to exit!

  2. Mark, congratulations to you and the Bloglines team on your incredible success and product! Thank you for making it all happen.
    So, you’re looking to help nurture newbie startups? How much are you charging? 🙂 If you’re serious, email me, please.

  3. Mark,
    Thank you for your efforts in bringing Bloglines to life and making it a success.
    You have probably done more to bring RSS to the masses than anyone else. You made it easy for normal people to get into it.
    Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you have coming next.
    Thanks!

  4. Mark,
    congrats and best of luck – Bloglines flat out makes life better and you can’t say that about just any product.
    cheers
    Sean

  5. Mark,
    hey if you want give inclue! for outlook a try we support video in the RSS feeds. Oh and we are free.

  6. Cheers to your new adventures.

  7. Best of luck for the future, Mark! Bloglines is a superb service and I’m eager to see what you follow it up with. It was inspirational meeting you at last year’s FOO. If you’re giving a talk in London any time soon, I’d love to attend.

  8. Best of luck in your new ventures, Mark!

  9. Bloglines is a great product. It makes my life better; not tremendously so, but a little bit better.
    I am sure there are millions of people who feel the same way.
    And that’s something to be proud of.
    I hope to create a technology that has that kind of impact myself, one of these days.

  10. I posted a LinkedIn message for you a little over a week ago. Just in case it went by in the email flood… Thanks!

  11. It was just a matter of time…🙂

  12. Best of luck, Mark!

  13. congrats on the new-found freedom & schedule…. i’m sure you’ll find things to fill your time almost immediately😉
    in the meantime, make sure you take time to smell the flowers.
    take care,
    – dave mcclure

  14. Congrats and good luck. If you’re open to meeting an entrepreneurial team in Palo Alto, please drop a line. I’ve been meaning to track you down on a start-up topic for a while. I also think you could have some interesting thoughts on what we are doing. Now it looks like you’ll have a bit of time! Enjoy it too.

  15. Mark,
    We would love to have you check out our company and come on board as an advisor. Your obviously very talented and your insight would be very useful.

  16. Sanjay Dattatri says:

    Hi Mark,
    Have been using bloglines for quite a while and love the way it lets me read all my favourite columns from one place. Thanks. All the best for your next venture.
    I am about to embark on my 2nd startup and I am hoping that we will be able to make a bigger mark this time! We are going to be based out of Chennai and Bangalore, India [ Same as my previous startup], despite the people-networking challenges that come with the territory(literally). Would a long distance relationship be up your alley? What would it take to get your interest/ involvement? Let me know. Thanks.

  17. Bon voyage!

  18. Congrats Mark. I know a few people in your position and they have decided to start incubators. Now there’s and entity that we haven’t heard much about for what seems like a long time. Customerforce.com is my second start up. Unlike you after this one, I will be start-up free for quite a while. I would love your thoughts on some of things that we are doing.
    Best, Gordon

  19. Congratulations on this new passage in your life. Change is good! I manage a site that now has over 18,000 Bloglines subscribers. We’re a fifteen-year-old Internet site (yes, you heard that correctly) facing change ourselves–our funding source is being sharply reduced–and since our background is education/government, we could use an infusion of entrepreneurial thinking. I’m in Palo Alto and could at least treat you to a coffee of your choice at Starbucks.
    Thank you for all you have done for Bloglines. You may not realize how many technology-underserved people you’ve helped simply through the availability of a simple, free, web-based aggregator that could be used on public computers in settings such as libraries.

  20. Mark,
    Thank you for such great contributions to technology, business and life via your vision, passion and execution. A true entrepreneur. Looking forward to meeting you at tomorrow’s Techdirt Greenhouse event.

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