Alpha!

We’re just about ready to start our alpha testing phase!  We’ll be sending invites to a handful of people early next week, collecting feedback, and going full force to incorporate the enhancements that our early users demand most, as fast as we can.  Rolling out to real users next week means MIXTT will have gone from teeny little idealing to fully functional Web 2.0 service in just under a year; (the concept was born after one last completely irredeemable Match.com date in the summer of 2007).  To be honest, I’m not sure where that time frame lies on the trajectory of Web start-ups.  Some people say, “Wow, that’s really quick!  How’d you do that so fast?”, while others bluntly ask, “So, what have you been doing all this time?  So-and-so rolled out his site in 3 weeks.”  Hmph.

While it’s felt like a long road, MIXTT has undergone such a wondrous evolution from start to finish that I’m grateful for the time that has elapsed.  Seemingly infinite iterations have come about in every single area – technology, design, ideology, site content, domain name, branding, marketing, team, advisory board, business model, purpose, scope, goals and more.  Not a day has gone by since last August that we haven’t worked to make some aspect of the business better.  This is what it means to live and breathe your start-up, and I could not have imagined it until I was already living in it.

Alpha users, get ready to rumble with us in t minus the weekend!  Private beta users, we’ll open it up as soon as we’re sure it’s worthy of your use.  You can still add your name to the private beta invite list by registering now at MIXTT, but we’ll be shutting that down soon!

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MIXTT’s New CTO – “Actually, kind of awesome.”

I’m thrilled to let you all know that we’ve brought on a developer superhero: Christian Walker (the guy in the middle). Thank you to my business partner Diana Agraz for finding this guy at a Web 2.0 Conference after-party – which, by the way, is much better for sourcing talent than tedious recruiting rounds through hiring agencies and specialty job board postings.

So, Christian is the bomb. And on top of that, he’s wonderfully humble. He often refers to people he admires and respects by saying, “Yeah, actually . . . he’s kind of awesome.” Well Christian, we hope you know that you are “actually . . . kind of awesome.”

Christian has been designing, architecting, coding, and leading teams to build cutting edge web sites and software products for over ten years. That’s right, he was there for the first bubble. He was there when companies were creating web sites for the very first time. Most recently, he is responsible for architecting and coding the world’s most advanced mobile platform, MOJAX, with mFoundry’s CTO Rodney Aiglstorfer. Also particularly noteworthy is Christian’s term as Lead Architect on Orbitz.com. He devised ingenious ways to get the best scalability, uptime, and performance results for an early travel search engine giant. Luckily for us, Christian’s primary enthusiasm is for social networking projects. That, his incredible talent, chill personality and bad-ass motorcycle skills make him a great fit for MIXTT.

Cheers to Christian!

V1 Demo Ready!

It’s still buggy, and there’s still a hella long laundry list of features to add and enhance before we release private beta, BUT we do have a complete product.  This is handy because now, conversations with investors can depart from, “The site WILL do this and that” and venture into the realm of, “Check it out.  The site DOES this and that.”  And that kind of thing makes a big difference.