This is a very exciting time for everyone at Personal – we recently began sending out the next round of invites to our closed beta. Up until this point, only our close friends and family have been able to use the service. But now, we’re inviting the more than 10,000 people who signed up on our waitlist.
Our CEO, Shane Green, recently wrote a blog post with his thoughts on the closed beta invitation and feedback process. Like Shane, I cannot wait to hear from our new users. There is always room for improvement. We are committed to providing a service that is useful and fun – your feedback is key!
Comment on this post or send an email to feedback[at]personal.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Like many startups, we’ve been so focused on building our product that we only recently poked our collective head up and looked around. And there are meetups and conferences filled with people whom we can’t wait to get to know. In May, several of us headed out to the Privacy Identity Innovation conference, aka pii2011, to meet with some of the most well-known thought leaders in online privacy.
We were invited to present the company to the 250 attendees as one of 12 startups highlighted in the pii2011 Innovation Spotlight, where we played the product’s “How it works” video and risked the hotel’s spotty Internet with a live demo.
It was the first time that people outside our company and limited beta testers had seen the service in action. Other attendees had a lot of thoughtful questions for us, and it was both humbling and exhilarating when they voted us and another startup, PassTouch, the top choices for the Innovator Spotlight Audience Choice Award. We couldn’t have asked for a better debut.
Check out Shane’s perspective on pii2011 on his blog, Getting Personal: My Data and the Digital Me.
The dawning of 2011 held special significance to us. We closed our Series A round of funding and announced our investors: Grotech Ventures, Steve Case’s Revolution, Allen & Company, Eric Semler of TCS Capital Management, Ted Leonsis, and Jon Miller.
These investors – many of whom helped build the current digital world – share our belief that a sea change is coming. That it’s time to put individuals in control of their data.
Our Series A funding gave us a stiff wind at our back, enabling us to bring Personal to life. Read what Shane, our CEO, wrote in his blog about what it’s like to fundraise for a big, disruptive idea.”