10 years ago today

It was 10 years ago today that Brian Roddy and I drove to Sacramento to incorporate Reactivity (Bryan Rollins, our 3rd founder, wasn’t here yet). Seems like a lifetime ago — I wondered when we did that whether we’d make it 10 years, since the vast majority of new enterprises fail much sooner. We didn’t make it all 10, but we made it more than 9, with Brian and Mike and Peter and others selling the company to Cisco a little under a year ago now.

I spent a lot of time thinking about those 10 years on my run today — it was such an important period in my life I don’t know that I’ve really been able to process it. What I do know is that starting Reactivity and working on it with Brian, Bryan, Mike and many, many others over the years is something that I’m very proud of, and I know that it’s shaped much of how I think about the world in general, and the tech biz specifically.

Anyway, nothing profound — just thought I’d note the anniversary.

4 Replies to “10 years ago today”

  1. John,How long before that did we have our meeting in the bar near the Wolfe Street campus of HP in Cupertino?That is a fond, albeit fading memory for me. ;-)tomk

  2. John,
    How long before that did we have our meeting in the bar near the Wolfe Street campus of HP in Cupertino?
    That is a fond, albeit fading memory for me. 😉
    tomk

  3. John, I still like to catch your blog from time to time. I was always impressed with you Brian, Bryan and Mike for the dedication you had with Reactivity, and loved the fact that you observed the anniversary. I considered my work at Reactivity as a pivotal position for me, since it allowed me to really entrench into what was then cutting edge technology. I am sure it assisted me recently with taking on my new position with Sonoa Systems. Have you heard what Sonoa is up to? I’d be happy to share if you are interested; it is along similar lines to what Reactivity was offering. I’d welcome any feedback you may have if you are familiar with them. http://www.sonoasystems.com Congratulations on your CEO role at Mozilla! Take Care! p.s. I hope Sam is doing great- I’m sure he is getting big.

  4. John,

    I still like to catch your blog from time to time. I was always impressed with you Brian, Bryan and Mike for the dedication you had with Reactivity, and loved the fact that you observed the anniversary. I considered my work at Reactivity as a pivotal position for me, since it allowed me to really entrench into what was then cutting edge technology. I am sure it assisted me recently with taking on my new position with Sonoa Systems. Have you heard what Sonoa is up to? I’d be happy to share if you are interested; it is along similar lines to what Reactivity was offering. I’d welcome any feedback you may have if you are familiar with them. http://www.sonoasystems.com

    Congratulations on your CEO role at Mozilla! Take Care!

    p.s. I hope Sam is doing great- I’m sure he is getting big.

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