Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Game Over for Zeemote


I'm disappointed to report that last month my (now former) employer, Zeemote, Inc. laid off its staff and shut down operations. The news was first reported in Mass High Tech the day after it happened a few weeks ago.
According to investor Michael Fitzgerald of Commonwealth Capital Ventures, the company has shut its doors, but he declined to offer any further details of the closure, except to note the plans to sell Zeemote’s assets.
I spent three and half years at Zeemote, Inc. That may not sound like a long time but in the world of start-ups and the mobile industry in particular that amounts to several lifetimes. Remember that back in 2006 the number one cell phone was still the Motorola RAZR and few people could envision high quality games or applications ever running on mobile phones.

I joined the company back then as the first full time hire after the founders. Like all roller coasters this one had lots of ups, downs and unexpected turns. During my tenure I had 4 different bosses and 3 different CEOs. We worked in 2 different office buildings and saw the company renamed. We celebrated a few big launches and deals but were disappointed by the failure to close many more than we landed. We had a few hiring sprees and two major layoffs, the last of which was my own.

The failure of the product and company is a huge let down for everyone involved. A lot of time, money, and heart went into this effort but we ultimately failed.

With that said, Zeemote was undoubtedly the best professional experience of my life. I strongly believe that failure can provide the best learning experiences and this is no exception. We did a lot of things right at Zeemote but we also made a ton of mistakes. The lessons I learned here will stick with me for years and I hope (in due time) to share many of them with you on this blog.

For now I'm officially one of the many unemployed but I'm very excited and optimistic for what is next.

DISCLAIMER: This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer (I don't even have one!)


2 comments:

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Anonymous said...

pretty bad news =/