Who Does What At Triberr?
I’ve been talking a lot about Triberr lately to people who’ve never heard of it.
After they find out that it’s a boot-strapped operation with no outside funding, they always want to know who does what.
So this is how I explain it to them.
Dan Cristo, the General Contractor
If there wasn’t for Dan there would be no Triberr.
He is a consummate hacker. He gets it done fast and dirty. I call him the speed-daemon of implementation. NO ONE executes faster than he. And he does it ALL.
User Interface design, PHP coding, marketing, nuts and bolts, conception to creation, support….basically he does everything. Don’t ask me how.
Dino Dogan, the Inflatable Balloon Man
That’s basically what I do. Put me in front of the house Dan is building and I will get people to walk in to check it out.
I get a lot of credit from people for coming up with the idea of Triberr. Which I appreciate, but it’s ridiculous. Here’s why?
People have been tribing-up for 100s of thousands of years. We all have tribes all over the place. At work, at home, at play…every social group we travel through is a tribe and is designed to help us in some way.
All I did was to suggest bloggers do the same in a more organized fashion.
And not to sound full of myself, but I shit good ideas. The execution is the truly important part.
Andres Hernandez, the Furnace Man
Andres works in the basement.
He takes care of the plumbing, heating, and ensures the foundation is solid.
No one sees what Andres does, but when he doesn’t do it, everybody feels it.
We’ve hit several growth spurts and scalability was a major issue…it still is. Andres scales the platform to accommodate new members and new features.
Security of the platform is very important to us. Andres has the unenviable responsibility for ensuring the user info is safe and sound.
Venn Diagram of Responsibilities
While above descriptions are fitting, they are also generalizations.
I’m finding out that while big corporations are looking for specialists, what startups need are generalists who can do little bit of everything.
The 3 of us have many overlapping skill-sets but enough diversity to be able to focus on a specific aspect of what needs to get done. #TheThingsYouLearn
Yes..the 3 of us are still working on Triberr part-time.
- Yes, we monetized the platform 3 weeks into its existence.
- Yes, we are profitable.
But no. We’re not yet at the point where we can all quit our day jobs. Soon tho.
Of course, we could take on outside investments and transition into full-time much sooner, but that means giving up control and serving interests we don’t want to serve. Our first and primary responsibility is to bloggers.
It would be ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE for us to manage Triberr without the help from our community members.
Who are these amazing people who selflessly give their time, effort, love, and support, for absolutely no compensation what so ever?
Justice has been an amazing friend and supporter. He’s hooked me up with speaking gigs, he’s designed amazing posters/infographics for us, and generally, he’s helped guide us with advice and gentle prodding.
When he’s not helping me with Triberr, Justice is a brilliant branding expert and a marketing professional. His talks are unforgettable. I even made an infographic to prove it.
John is an amazing artist. He has what might be the best About page on any blog ever.
John has created the Incredible Triberr-Man. And he’s helped me countless times with countless things.
We’re also working on a comic book together that I think will blow your mind. Stay tuned for that.
Thank you, John.
He is a prolific blogger, he was one of our sharpest critics when we first opened doors, and he has helped us discover countless bugs, or…ummm areas of improvement.
Ben is amazingly driven and willing to help, so much so that he is the one constantly asking us for more things to do.
Ben has also taught me an important lesson. People will surprise you. And that’s a great thing.
Thank you for being amazing, Nicole.
I could go on…
It’s humbling to realize that I could go on and on with this list.
There are so many awesome, amazing people who have helped us. Some have even written books about Triberr.
There are countless bloggers who have helped us simply by writing a post asking their audience to join their tribe, thus spreading the word about Triberr. We see those people as well, and we appreciate you guys more than you’ll ever know.
For those who deserve to be on this list, I will not say “sorry for not including you”, I will instead say “thank you for being awesome”.