Melissa moved to Mr Tipply's about a week ago. We hadn't caught up in person in about a year. I have been wondering - where did that last year go?
When Mel and I last caught up, she was working for Harlequin Inn at Pyrmont and VIVA was just about to launch. We had no users and no event organisers... in hindsight, we barely had a product.
The team used to joke about how it took more than 30 seconds to download and rank all of the events. Now, about 5 seconds flat... and with a much improved interface. I say "joke", but it was more like a coping mechanism - and thankfully the combined tech genius of Syed and Hassan fixed that.
Over the course of the last year, I have come to learn a lot about consumer behaviour and product management. Almost invisibly, I think I am nearing competence... nearly. And with the process also comes exhaustion ~ the feeling that because all progress is imperceivable, there is no progress at all. It is thanks to Melissa and people like her that I can reflect on how far we have come... and how far we may go still.
So I remind myself ~ keep going. Push. Push. Push. We are doing it so people can find things they love to do. We are doing this to make the world a happier place.