Wow! I just realised that I wrote my last post in this series on the 19th of June, 2018!
The last 7 months have literally flown past in a whirlwind!
When I wrote my last post we had just 200 members, and now we have nearly 15,000! At that time I was also the only one working on the project except for one freelance developer, and now we have a team of over 20!
I’ve also done a bit of accounting, and although my posts were titled “How I started Trybe for less than $10K”, and at the time that was true, I actually ended up spending close to $40K before we started to bring in any money from our token sale… But “How I started Trybe for less than $40K” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, so I’m going to leave it as it is 🙂
Anyway, it looks like I’ve got quite a bit to catch up on, so I’m going to do a brief overview of the last 7 months here. For anyone who’s interested in reading about the events that lead up to that time, you can check out my previous posts.
Around about the time I wrote my last post in this series, a number of people had started to post regularly on Trybe. Two of those, Matt Haynes and Adam Clark, were great contributors, and started making suggestions about how I could actually make the platform better…
I started communicating frequently with both of them, and at more or less the same time, I asked them both if they would like to become more permanent members of the Trybe team (which at the time was really just a team of one.)
Matt was a video producer, with a deep knowledge of crypto and EOS in particular, and Adam was a network security engineer and a programmer. They both said yes, and we started working together… Long story short, Matt is now the COO and Adam is the CTO of Trybe, and I couldn’t have found better co-founders if I’d tried!
Although I did try. Before Adam came on board I spent months doing interviews with potential developers, looking for a CTO. I was even involved in a startup incubator with someone who I hoped would take on that role. But for one reason or another, none of these people ever worked out… And now I’m very grateful that they didn’t. Not only is Adam the perfect CTO, but his passion for crypto, his programming (and security) skills, and his warped sense of (English) humour make him a great person to work with as well!
Matt has been perfect from the beginning, and is extremely good with people (something that I, as a bit of an introvert at times, am not always great at) as well as having an innate sense of business and marketing. And not only that – we just “get” each other and trust each other 100% (and given that we’ve never actually met in person – this is something rare).
Eric was next on the team, a talented developer who helped with our first pre-sale portal as well as keeping the website humming along, and who is still an integral part of the team as one of our lead developers.
From there came Mike, Martin, Nick, Dan, and more recently Johan and Moss, along with a team of about 12 designers, developers, SEO experts, marketing experts, and others…
Finding great people to work with wasn’t always easy. A few people came and went, not quite the right fit for some reason, but almost as if by magic this project has taken on a life of its own and has managed to attract a fantastic bunch of very talented, very dedicated, and above all very passionate people, who I am now incredibly grateful to work with.
In the beginning we were all just working for tokens, with no financial reward at all, and when people aren’t getting paid it doesn’t take long to work out who is really into the project for its own sake and who is not!
Since the pre-sale started and we have some funds coming in we have all started to take a very small salary, given that we all work full time on this project now and have given up all other work in order to focus on it, but I can tell you – we all still put far more into it than we actually get paid for. And for that I am grateful to have such a passionate team (love you guys!)
Since we started receiving funding through our pre-sale (and I’d like to take a moment here to thank everybody who has contributed to that – as without you we wouldn’t be able to continue working on our vision), we are now working on building Trybe 2.0!
For those of you who have read my last posts, you will know that the current version of Trybe is just an MVP that I built with WordPress, and that was never really meant to support such a huge community.
We’ve had a number of scaling issues along the way, as well as a hack, and those of you who have been with us for a while will remember the time when we were down for nearly a week because our site was under attack!
Luckily, with some hard work by our devs, we’ve managed to scale it up a bit to handle the higher loads and make it more secure, but we are all working hard towards building a much faster, cleaner, more modern software platform to be the new home of Trybe.
If you haven’t already checked out the prototype for the next version, then I’d love you to do so here: https://share.proto.io/B52NJC/
And you can keep track of the real-time progress of the build on this site here: https://trybe-web-app.now.sh/ It doesn’t look like much yet, as a lot of work is going on in the backend, but progress is being made rapidly.
The new software is being built with a mixture of React and Nodejs, much faster web technologies, and will provide that almost instantaneous, real-time experience that people are used to with platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin.
And once this new platform is complete, then the real work will begin…
From there we plan to scale up to build a platform that rivals some of the largest social networks!
A social network that isn’t just full of pictures of your friends and family or memes to make you laugh (although there’s nothing wrong with those), but that also has a feed full of inspiring content. That allows you to connect with others who share your interests, and both teach and learn from them. A platform that helps you to find your TRYBE.
The average person spends over 2 hours on social media per day – imagine how we could change the world if we provided a social network that EDUCATED and INSPIRED people!
From the beginning I wanted to create a platform that would inspire people to be the best possible versions of themselves. To provide people with interesting, exciting, educational content, but at the same time inspire them to create content that other people would find inspiring.
Inspiration: The connection with all things and a higher purpose. The new. The novel. The exciting. The mother of creation.
Find Inspiration: Do what you love to do. Let it fill you. Let it out and use it to create something beautiful that you can share with others.
Be Inspiring: Inspire others to be great by leading the way, and also by helping them find what they love and allowing them to do it.
Get Inspired! Be Inspiring!
That is the tagline of Trybe.
Again – I’d just like to thank everyone who has contributed to this journey. From a lone soul hacking away in my living room, I’ve somehow managed to inspire thousands of other people to help take this journey with me. And there’s absolutely no way I could have done it without you.
In particular I’d like to thank our financial supporters, and I pledge to give my very best (and I know my team does too) to building something that you can be proud of having been a part of, and that will hopefully reward you well into the future in many, many different ways, as well as make the world a better place.
And also I’d like to thank our partners – Worbli, PARSL, TokenPocket, EOSphere, and all the other great people building great things on the EOS blockchain.
And the rest of you also – all the users that come to Trybe every day and take part in this wonderful community… Thank you!
My love to you all.