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The First Five Years

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imageI almost forgot about it until this evening…June 12th five years ago was when I launched this site, back when I was in NYC. Kinda anti-climactic today, as I was locked in a very vigorous four-hour board meeting today (along with our new board member Larry Kramer and others). Also coincidentally, last night is when I finally became a “lawful permanent resident” (not that I wasn’t before…was temporary)…in common lingo, I got my green card for U.S. I guess I can now run this company for another 10 years out of here. Oh well…all I can say is, five years…wow. We’re a full-fledged company with 19 more people besides me, three separate sites (fourth one coming), 16 mixers done, one big conference behind us, and another one coming in less than five months, and hungry for more. Thanks everyone for sticking around this long.
The pic: Tick Tock Diner in NYC, where I first thought of the idea of starting the site.

15 Responses to “The First Five Years”

  1. Curius

    Congratulations Rafat…

    I 'm an entrpreneur and inspired to learn that H1B/GC thing did not slow you down..great work..!
    How did you do that..?

  2. congrats.

    i only found your effort using a link provided @ lost remote. figuring if they thought you worthy enough to have you at the top of their blogroll it'd be worth a look.



  3. What a five-year run! Congratulations! You have raised the bar for this new form of online journalism. If only other sites were as thorough, informative and insightful…

  4. vittorio zambardino

    Congrats for your vision and good luck for the future. Your site has been incredibly helpful to me, it continues to be every morning I get the newsletter.