by Rick Richter, CEO
Wow! What a week at Ruckus. We landed and announced a really terrific deal with our friends at Hasbro. We received final builds (versions) on two new terrific apps due out in the next couple of weeks. We had a really satisfying call with APPLE, and then with another interested investor. We sat in the offices of one of the most respected CEO’s in children’s media, and he treated us like we actually knew something he didn’t know. The office is humming. People seem happy and they are working hard.
The thing about start up companies is that if you aren’t very careful, you can start to believe your own hype. I ran across a posting from a very smart person, Fred Wilson from Union Square Partners, and the advice in his blog was – “focus on solving real problems for real people – do that and you’ll have a business”.
I think everyone here at Ruckus understands we are trying to build a community where the quality of what we make, what we stand for and who we are counts inside and out. We’re trying to build a company that we would all want to work at and that parents might want to be a part of in some way.
As a CEO of a start-up company, I’m pretty used to worrying all night, often arriving and leaving when the parking lot is empty. The long walk to the car as the day is getting dark is my time when I take stock. Did we make money today? Well, maybe not so much. Did our staff appear to be having fun and were they engaged? Mostly yes. Did we do something that we can be proud of, and that matters? Certainly. Did some little kid, somewhere, go to sleep in their parent’s arms with a Ruckus story in their heads?
I sure hope so.
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