Findory.com launched on January 2, 2004. The website just passed its three year anniversary and, including the early work on the ideas behind Findory, Findory has been in my life for nearly four years.
In the last few months, I have been evaluating new directions for Findory. I asked colleagues I trust for their thoughts and pulled in two senior advisors (thanks, Bill and Dan).
Some good options came out of these discussions, but none lead down a path I am passionate about. I built Findory to follow a passion.
I built Findory around the idea of applying Amazon.com-style personalization and recommendations to information. Search only helps if you can say what you want. Personalization helps you discover things that you could not have found on your own.
My passion is helping people discover information they would otherwise miss. My passion is working on ways to help people with the overwhelming flood of information in their daily lives.
Here, Findory has been successful. Findory has influenced work at Google, Microsoft, AOL, and elsewhere. I am pleased with what Findory has accomplished. At some point, I have to declare victory and move on. I am moving on now, not to a new venture, but to spend more time on health and with family.
Development on Findory now will slow to a crawl. There may be new features, but they will be rare. I no longer will spend time exploring funding, biz dev deals, or recruiting.
Findory appears to have sufficient resources to run on autopilot through most of 2007. Findory will eventually fade away, but I believe it has touched immortality through the impact it had.
It was exciting, challenging, and fun to try to build a startup. I consider myself very lucky to have had that opportunity.
Update: I am overcome by the outpouring of comments on this post. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words.
Update: Thanks also to those who posted about Findory's end, including Mike, John, Gary, Nathan, Don, Om, Brian, Danny, Richard, and many others. But, whatever you do, don't miss Valleywag's very funny post about all this. "The Gaia", I love it!