Three years ago tonight, my lead developer Pablo and I were pecking out messages on Skype, knocking out a seemingly never-ending checklist of tasks. It was a Friday night and we’d been working nonstop all day until around 8pm, when we flipped the virtual switch and pushed a web app called TripTuner live.
There was no launch party. No throng of users enticed with sneak previews, or bloggers given special codes in a cleverly crafted pre-launch marketing plan. We didn’t have time to build hype. We wanted what we built to BE hype. So our launch went completely unnoticed. But man was it a great feeling to see an idea come to life.
Three years later, with equally little fanfare we – and by “we” I mean a virtual team spread across three continents — celebrate the sucessful culmination of years of hard work and perseverance. A rollercoaster of ups and downs, sometimes on an hourly basis. Quick reactions, changing priorities and rapid iterations are the norm, but the vision of discovering ideal options — for nearly anything — remains unchanged. We’re executing on that vision and are well on our way with a growing, profitable company. And a kick-ass product.
TripTuner began as a great way to find personalized destination ideas. But we had no idea if it would work. There wasn’t a test that could prove whether or not it was viable. We had to build it to see if users thought it was as cool as we did. Of course, everyone we showed it to said they liked it. But everyone will tell you that. There’s only one way to tell, and that’s to put it out there. Fortunately, users responded with enthusiasm. “It’s like it knows me”, tweeted one. “So freaking obsessed” twote another.
Now, in addition to TripTuner.com, we create custom “discovery engines” for a growing array of partner sites that help users find their ideal destination, beach, island wedding, hotel…or dress. As a result, we’ve focused more on our partner’s needs than our own over the past few years. But we’ll be updating TripTuner.com soon to give you, our fans, an even better way to discover great places to go.
I thank you deeply for your support during these first three years and look forward to many more years with you as we move into the next chapter. #StayTuned – Tedd