I just recently returned from Tokyo. It was my first trip ever to Japan. All I can say is wow...what a place. Since I was on business, I didn't have too much time to explore the city, but enough to know I'd like to go back.
Anyway, regarding how CoreBlox was started, it comes down to having the right idea and the right team. We have all worked together for years now and in my opinion, make a great team. Taking the leap from full-time jobs at a very established company to founding a start-up is a huge step, but I do not have any regrets.
Last summer I found out that Jack Welch, arguably the most famous CEO in the world was speaking at Bryant University in Rhode Island, which happens to be just minutes from my place. We happened to be working out of my place that day and so we took a couple of hours off in the afternoon and went to check it out. When someone in the audience asked Mr. Welch what piece of advice he had for the audience of students and entrepreneurs, he said "take a chance!" He explained that you can always get a job working for someone else, but as far as starting your own business, the best time is now. His words that day confirmed what we had all been thinking for several months.
As far as what is happening these days at CoreBlox, well, lots! We are busy working on submitting our app to Salesforce.com's AppExchange. This will be a big step for us since it will bring our product to such a huge audience. For those not familiar with Salesforce.com, it is considered the pioneer of web-based business software. The company went public in June of 2004, did around $309 million in revenue in the past year and has around 400,000 monthly subscribers. I noticed that in the most recent issue of Business 2.0, Salesforce.com is included in their list of "The Next Net 25".
Salesforce recently launched AppExchange, which they call the "Ebay of software as a service applications". Companies that integrate with their product are listed on the AppExchange site. Customers can then try, rate, and purchase the applications from the site. We can't wait to see CoreBlox listed!
We look forward to sharing our experiences in the world of a software start-up here in this blog. Enjoy.