After almost four years of countless ideas, struggles, small and big successes, learnings, and wonderful encounters, one of the most rewarding episodes of my professional life comes to a close. And I dare to say, that’s a good thing. We’re just about to wind down our first company knowable – and I’m okay with that. Really. Here’s why:
1. The idea didn’t hold up.
I guess that if we had to take this decision about a year ago, it would have been way harder to do so. Since day one we have been struggling to get everything we needed together in one place at the same time: 1) a proper team, 2) a concise vision & strategy, 3) sufficient time & capital. We always had some of these elements, but it was not until early 2014 that we had it all in place and we able to entirely focus on our product.
Now we took a step back and – egos aside – faced it: We didn’t nail it. Sure, we learned a lot: about collaboration and documentation, about team and project management, and accessibility, about execution, VCs, growth hacking, community building. And buzzwords. But in the end our community did not grow fast enough and embrace our platform as happily as we had hoped. And that’s okay – because we managed to factor out every other roadblock. It was all idea and evaluation. I can live with that. Because there’s a second reason:
2. The vision does.
The really believe that with shutting down the knowable platform(s), I’m not at all shutting down on the vision behind it. I’m actually taking it more seriously than ever and move on with it. If the big picture of knowable was to explore new ways of connecting people and helping them in joining forces to solve problems all around the world – well then I am incredibly excited to implement all our findings to existing projects, new initiatives, and future ideas. Some of them already learned to walk by themselves. Others are already in the making or yet to come.
I’ll share my thoughts, my work and my questions right here. This will include personal ideas, projects that I work on, wonderful people and stories that I encounter. And seriously, I can’t wait.
Feel free to join me along the way, I’d appreciate your company.