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Moving on from Food on the Table & What’s Next!

In Business, Lean Startup, Personal, Product Development on March 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

It’s been a great 3 1/2 years at Food on the Table, however it’s time for me to move on.  As you’d expect with a team and investors of this caliber, everyone has been very supportive of my decision. While this next phase will be without me, I remain confident that the work at Food on the Table will lead to great results.

Working closely with Manuel Rosso and our team for the last 3 1/2 years has been a tremendous experience. Out of that I’ve become deeply passionate about my Lean Startup experience & knowledge as well as having radically evolved how I do product development.

Now, the fun part! I’m using this time to collect evidence for two alternatives:
  • I’ll take on one or two consulting projects (Austin or remote) while validating some startup ideas; or
  • I’ll sign on in a new leadership role with an Austin team that is creating new products in conditions of extreme uncertainty (i.e. typically an early stage startup, but possibly a team in a larger org).

Regardless of which alternative, I’m looking forward to new challenges in building products that will continue to evolve my product development approach and give me the right dose of hands-on technical work.

As always, you can reach me at by sending email to any address at stevesanderson.com, e.g. harvestthisemail@

Obama ’08 for iPhone

In Personal on October 2, 2008 at 10:07 am

Hot off the press – an iPhone app to accelerate the Obama ’08 campaign!
Download Obama '08 from the App Store

Thanks to my friend (and open source guru) Raven Zachary, I had the privilege of beta testing the new Obama ’08 for iPhone application. The idea, the potential and the implementation is tremendous – create grassroots opportunities to participate at the ‘edge’ of the internet. In other words, let people participate in the campaign from their perspective, instead of uploading their data to a central place or getting anonymous instructions from a central place.

How specifically? The key feature is that this iPhone app looks at your address book, sorts your contacts by battle-ground states, presents you with those people and then keeps track of whether you’ve called those people.  As the help says:

As you make calls, you can keep organized by updating the status of your contacts.

 Your privacy is important: no personal data or contacts will be uploaded or stored. Only the total number of calls you make is uploaded anonymously.

I love this idea because it allows me to help in a more hands-on way, but without having to deal with trade-offs like being a parent and employed vs. spending five weeks in a battleground state.

Additionally, it serves as a nice central place for me to find out more about the campaign.

Kudos to Raven and his team!

Excite Reunion

In Personal on June 24, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Thanks to Julie, we had a great Excite.com reunion party last night at her house. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate an old Excite comrade (Kuntay) coming to Austin to work (at least for a little while) – and it was a great reason for many of us to get back together.

I have to say, after many years – it may be corny (but not surprising to those who know me), that I still fell privileged to have worked with such a great group of people who all shared a common purpose. For many of us, the world-changing potential of online community (now known as social media) was not just a j o b – but meant something personal.

I’ve been fortunate to work with some of those folks since then, as well as to help create similarly rewarding groups as well. I hope that continues.