Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A New Company

I am leaving Xobni in late August and starting a new company.

Xobni has been an amazing ride, and I'm proud how much we learned and achieved together. We took Xobni from humble beginnings in Adam's apartment to a wildly successful product that is used by hundreds of thousands for hours a day. I've learned tremendously, and went full-cycle from making the original mockups, managing the team, and writing a large part of the product's code.

Ever since reading a biography of Bill Gates when I was 14 years old, I've wanted to be a founder of a company that makes a difference. I've wanted to build a workplace where people can be creative, productive, and happy, and a product that delights users and improves their lives. I feel like the time is now.

There are lots of challenges left in the email and communication space. I have some exciting product ideas for my new company, and I feel like I understand the space like few others do.

After wrapping up at Xobni at the end of August, I'm going on a trip around the world, covering Switzerland, Germany, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia. This trip is mostly for pleasure: I figured this would be my last break for a while. However, I will also be raising a small angel round from investors around the world.

31 comments:

Dan said...

Wow. Exciting!

When are you announcing what the "new company" will do? The space is definitely hot right now.

Anyways - good luck with your new venture! Dan

Kevin Merritt said...

Congratulations, Gabor. Once you're ready, starting a company is always the right thing to do. It's one of the surest ways to make a difference in the world, your company and for yourself. I have no doubt that the experience you've had at Xobni has prepared you.

Quitting your job is the hardest part of entrepreneurship in my opinion.

You've also done something I recommend all entrepreneurs do - make a public claim as to your intentions. It formalizes your resolve and commitment.

Congrats again and best wishes.

Kevin Merritt
Founder & CEO
blist

Deva Hazarika said...

I'm envious of your trip, Gabor. Looking forward to hearing more about your startup.

David said...

Trip sounds awesome... Good luck, and be sure to keep in touch!

Jeff Bonforte (CEO) said...

Good luck on your new co, Gabor, and thanks for all your hard work at Xobni! ... though you are not done just yet :)

Adam Smith said...

Gabor, it's been a ride! Great work over the past 15 months; it wouldn't have been as fun without you!

Christian said...

enjoy your trip and after that have a good fight, we'll be watching ;-)

Corsin said...

Gabor, what for news :-)
All the best and let me know when you are in Switzerland and let me buy you a beer ;-)

Good luck with the new company!

alexis [kn0thing] said...

Grats, Gabor. Just promise me your next startup will be Pierre Francois approved ;)

matt brezina said...

Gabor, thanks for everything that you added to the Xobni culture. You are an important part of the team and we'll miss you.

Mitul Tiwari said...

great! all the best Gabor!! Trip around the world ... hmm ... exciting :)

F said...

Congratulations! I'll be seeing you in Munich. Topping Houston will be a problem, but I'm sure you'll be working hard on that.

Manish Jain said...

If you planing to visit Bombay, India. Let me know.

mrj

http://celestri.org

Thereme said...

It is Mumbai(not Bombay) now remember and it is pirates haven..........

Achal said...

Good to hear you will be visiting India too. I live and work in Bangalore. Ping me in case you happen to be in Bangalore.

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bálint said...

Congrats and I wish you a lot of luck with the new company! BTW, I envy you a bit for it ;)

And have fun during your trip!

secgeek said...

hi,
which city ur coming in india?do let me know.i would like to meet you.

Gio said...

So great, good luck!

... from one of your EU follower

Shafqat said...

Congrats Gabor! Here's to an exciting new journey, both on your travels and your new startup. Would love to meet up and hear about you new startup when you are in Switzerand... Would love to invest in you!

Spiros Denaxas said...

The trip sounds great Gabor, from what Mike tells me, its definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I wish you all the best and above all, have fun. Drop us a line when you're back in London :-)

Spiros

Darwin said...

Best of luck in your new ventures and have fun with your trip

Darwin
tripntale.com

Piyush said...

I've taken similar steps in the past. Admire your gesture of listening to your heart more than anything else.

- An Entrepreneur from New Delhi, India

kaposlogisztika said...

Gratulálok a karrieredhez és az oldaladhoz, ha még nem felejtetted el a magyar nyelvet.

Hendro said...

Congrats Gabor!! Please drop me us a line when you're in Sydney, Australia!

http://www.meetup.com/open-coffee-sydney/

Techwizard said...

Gàbor,

Nagyszerű! Gratulálok! There is no better time to be on holiday. If you pass by Paris/London, let me know.

Alain

Alan W said...

I am excited by your new company, and would be interested to invest. Looking forward to some further details.

Omar Abid said...

Great! Go for it!
I'm also building my own :)

Bill Gates said...

Ever since my Dad bought me a Time Machine when I was 14 years old, and I read your biography in the future (2009) I wanted to be the founder of a company that makes a difference. I've wanted to build a workplace where people can be creative, productive, and happy, and a product that delights users and improves their lives.

Having succeeeded at only one of those goals, I leave it to you to succeed at all of them!

Best Wishes,

Bill

Gabor said...

Bill - thanks for your thoughts. I also appreciate that a man of your stature is a regular reader of my blog.

I believe in setting stretch goals, and trying your hardest to achieve them, rather than settling for less. Our common friend Larry Page advocates the same approach.

Gabor

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