I just posted on the edgeio blog that the edgeio site has gone live tonight at midnight, Pacific time. Overall this is both scary and exhilarating. After 18 months since conceiving the idea, teaming up with Mike , Matt and Vidar, then involving Fred in front end design, we have opened the doors.
Om Malik was the first to post about it.
The last 2 weeks we had about 5000 people using edgeio with a password. As a result we have about 2000 listings from more than 150 cities. We made a conscious choice to NOT pre-populate edgeio with scraped data. edgeio is about self publishing and empowering the user to do more under their own control. Better to open with no data (we beat that hurdle ) than to open with data not intended for edgeio.
Anyway, the system is now live and we will get to see it in real use. Thats what we have all been working for.
A special thanks to Mike (who was great at focusing us on user-centric features), Matt (who drove the specs and managed the implementation), Vidar (who built the back end single handedly), Fred (who designed the edgeio look), and more recently to Eugene, Serge and Joseph who have been contracting on many specific features.
Now we get down to the hard work……