I'm excited to announce that Silvrback has been acquired. More importantly, the platform won't be shut down and this acquisition will ensure that many more blog posts will be published in the years to come.
I built Silvrback two years ago because there weren't any blogging platforms out there that met my needs. I quickly learned that many people shared this same problem, and was humbled and honored when they chose to publish their personal blog with Silvrback.
It seems a little surreal but over 15,000 articles have now been published on the platform.
This past January I joined Y Combinator with Josh Hubball and we founded Level. It quickly became clear to me that I wouldn't have time to create new features for Silvrback, as the time investment for building a new startup is about 5X a regular, full-time job.
Although Silvrback was mostly automated at this point (and profitable), there was a low-level background hum ever present which pressed on my soul. This background hum was made up of guilt, mostly. The guilt of not responding to a support email in a timely fashion, or not having the time to implement any new feature requests.
When it comes to software products with people at the center, I learned that there's really no such thing as passive income. The true cost of a product should always factor in the psychological burden that comes with neglecting something.
So after months of trepidation, I realized I needed to let Silvrback go. The gorilla deserved a more attentive caretaker.
I'm happy to announce that Verde Places LLC is the new owner of Silvrback. Kermit Kuehn and his developers intend to improve upon and grow the Silvrback platform, respecting its original trajectory and adding features which I never had time to implement. Kermit has an incredibly diverse business background, which has taken him from Nebraska to the United Arab Emirates and back.
When looking around for a buyer I originally talked to the founders of the biggest blogging platforms (who I really respect). I ultimately decided, however, that I didn't want to subject Silvrback bloggers to the usual chain of acquisition events:
Normal Startup Acquisition Flow
- Announce acquisition with cheerful blog post much like this one
- Create timeline for migrating users to other platform
- Shut down service and piss off a lot of people
- Founder buys a Tesla
Silvrback bloggers will be happy to hear that the platform won't be following this trajectory and will still be alive and grunting–just under new leadership. I look forward to seeing the evolution of Silvrback in the coming months.
I would like to thank the people who have published with Silvrback and who have entrusted the platform to handle their fantastic moments of internet glory (e.g. when Anthony Bourdain shares a bloggers post on his Facebook page and the traffic spikes through the roof).
I've had the immense pleasure of reading some really interesting and heartfelt content over the past year and a half and learned a lot in the process. A great blog post is capable of changing the course of a single life or a thousand lives. It can be an instrument of change and an amplifying force in the world. We never know if our words will influence others, but if we keep sharing our experiences then there's always the possibility our stories will have an impact on somebody out there.
Thank you for writing and sharing. I can't wait to read more...
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