2011 was a huge year!
The year started with three of us crammed into one 10′x10′ office on University Ave in Palo Alto. We were in the prototyping phase.
By the end of January, we were preparing to scale, and it was time for a bigger office. We headed to Mountain View and set up shop in a medical lab building. We constantly joked about stealing liquid nitrogen from one of the labs (obviously, we never did).
In March, our seed funding closed. Tomer and Liron (our founders) had been working on Quixey for a year and a half, so funding was a big deal. Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors led the round. It was then time to release our product to the real world.
On April 7th, we launched our private beta and got our first TechCrunch article. When the news hit the press, the office was filled with excitement. We all stared at our screens, watching the beta account registrations and search queries. That was just the beginning.
Things started moving incredibly fast. By the end of April, there were six of us. By the end of May, there were ten of us.
In May, we sponsored TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, launched out of private beta, and our first round of summer interns arrived.
The summer was dedicated to growth, product development and partnerships.
In August, we raised another round of funding, outgrew our office and moved back to Palo Alto.
The current Quixeyplex
The Fall flew by. We sponsored another TechCrunch Disrupt, signed some partnerships, spoke at conferences and got some great press. Today we’re 22 people and moving fast. As a matter of fact, it’s just about time for a new office.
It was a great year. Here are a few of the team’s favorite moments of 2011:
Business Development Account Manager
“Before we launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, we lived in the office for three days straight. We took the couch, turned it into a pullout bed and took turns sleeping for a couple hours at a time. It was wonderful to see us all push each other to achieve a common goal. It was then I knew I had joined a team, not just a company.”
Pre-TechCrunch Disrupt, coding the static site
“My favorite moment was when I thought Liron was eating a giant chocolate lollipop, but in actuality, he was eating an entire hamburger patty off a silver knife. True story.”
Director of Business Developement
“One of the funniest moments of 2011 was trying to have a serious conversation with a CEO of a major search company at TechCrunch Disrupt while there was an ecstatic man dancing in a money machine behind him.”
It looked something like this
“In the early days of Quixey, at a VC pitch, we sat down and the VC mentioned he was having trouble finding apps for his kid. He asked Tomer (our CEO) to try searching, “games for 3 year olds
.” We’d never tried a search like that, and all of us in the room were afraid we might get embarrassing results. The results were perfect, and everyone’s eyes lit up thinking, “these guys rock.” It was such a rush of emotion, opening a demo to a VC, letting them search whatever they wanted and trusting the system.”
Director of Marketing and Communications
“My favorite moment was at our Series A funding party at Innovation Endeavors when I looked around the room and saw our entire community under one roof. All the partners, investors, advisors and developers were having a great time, and people were looking to Quixey to do big things. That was just the beginning.”
Series A Funding Party
Community Manager (an over achiever, he sent in three)
“The 30 Days in Pictures project
was one of my favorite “moments” (actually 30) because it inspired me to capture something unique and interesting about Quixey every day. The project was an opportunity to seek out and create meaningful moments on a daily basis across the teams.”
“I also remember quietly setting up a massive bouncy house in the back yard, trying to go unnoticed. Once it was fully inflated, I went into the office to find Tomer and Julia and told them, “I need you to come outside with me, right now.” Everyone jumped for joy (literally) when I opened the back door.”
“I’ve enjoyed making a ‘special moment’ for everyone’s birthday in some way. My favorite (aside from Liron’s Steak Cake Surprise) was setting up the search Easter Egg for Julia’s Birthday while she was abroad. It was incredible to see how everyone in the company banded together creatively.”
Liron’s birthday steak cake surprise
CEO and Co-Founder
“My favorite moment was either our launch out of private beta at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC or our Series A celebration dinner at Il Fornaio. Both were times where I could look around and easily see us as a team.”
Launch day at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC – 7am May 23rd, 2011
Business Development Associate
“My favorite Quixey moment from 2011 was our launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York. Up until that point, we’d been working hard, and yet were not allowed to show off our accomplishments. Seeing how positively people responded to our technology ended up being inspiring and invigorating.”
Our Packed Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt
2011 was great. Now it’s time to put our heads down and get back to work. 2012 will be epic!