Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Finally, the big decision on my next career move!

Well, after taking a couple of months off and spending the past couple of months exploring various options for my next career move, I have finally reached a decision. First, thanks for everyone who voted in my "going to the dark side" poll - I was honored that 474 votes were cast (though a few people admitted to voting multiple times!), with the final result (as of today) being:
  • No, don't do it! - 231 votes (49%)
  • Yes, it is your destiny! - 177 votes (37%)
  • Don't know / don't care / who is Peter Batty? - 66 votes (14%)
You can check out the geographical distribution of the US votes at pollmappr. Who am I to go against the wishes of my loyal blog readers, so I have elected to rule out the "dark side" option (this time round at least :) !!). Also, thanks to everyone out there who I had discussions with about potential opportunities - I appreciate everyone taking the time and showing so much interest.

But after all that I have decided that I am going to go ahead and do my own startup, which I mentioned as a possibility in an earlier post looking for developers. I'm pleased to say that I got a number of responses to that post and have a couple of really good people signed up to start with, and a few others who might come on board as things move along. The new company is called Spatial Networking, and we will be focused on location related applications in the social networking space. I don't want to say too much more than that right now, but we will be looking to get our initial offering out in a few months, and I'll talk more about what we're up to as things move along. I'm excited about the opportunity in the space we're looking at, it should be a fun ride!

Incidentally, a couple of people asked me if I was looking for investors, and I will be at some point fairly soon - if you have any interest in finding out more when I get to that stage, feel free to email me.

18 comments:

James Fee said...

If I didn't know better I'd say Spatial Networking's website was designed on a Macintosh using iWeb. ;)

Seriously though, best of luck Peter. I'm anxious to see what you are up to. Sounds quite interesting to say the least!

Peter Batty said...

And I even removed the "made on a Mac" logo - there's no fooling some people :) !! I don't think that's going to be our web development tool of choice for long, but it was the most convenient thing to hand for creating a holding page :).

Alfred Sawatzky said...

If you really want to hide that you are using a Mac you also need to remove the

meta name="Generator" content="iWeb 1.1.2"

tag in the source html.

Good luck Peter in your new venture.

eparsons said...

Good Luck with Spatial Networking.. ESRI's loss :-)

Hope you become a google API user !

ed

Aaron said...

Welcome back to the real world ;-)

Peter Batty said...

Thanks all for the good wishes! Alfred, not trying to hide the fact that I'm using a Mac, I'm quite proud of having made the switch ... but I think we will graduate to a slightly more sophisticated web development environment than iWeb fairly quickly! And Ed, I suspect that there's a good chance there'll be some Google API usage in the mix!

KoS said...

Good luck with the new venture. Fun times ahead.


KoS

Raj M. Rao said...

So when will we get a glimpse into what you are going to be offering?

http://therajahs.blogspot.com/2007/09/peter-batty-has-started-spatial.html

Allan Doyle said...

Why would anyone want to hide that they are using a Mac? Heck, that's reason enough for the VC's to fund Peter!

Hrmph.

Peter Batty said...

Hey Allan, you're not on the board of any VCs are you? I would love it to be that easy but suspect that most of them may demand a little more than that ;)!

Andres said...

Wow. Exciting! Would you say that you are a 'GIS 2.0' or 'Where 2.0' startup? ;-)

Looking forward to seeing what it's all about!

Dale said...

Congratulations Peter! (And all this time I thought the poll was about using a Macintosh!).

Peter Batty said...

OK, we've outgrown iWeb! A friend of mine kindly donated us a cool new holding page with some nifty Javascript animation. Thanks!

And to Raj and others who are asking about when we'll say more about what we're up to, we're going to wait until we're a little further along to say too much more, though I may talk about some aspects of it before we're ready to launch the application. But as soon as there is something to share you'll find out about it here at geothought! There is a (very) subtle clue about one aspect of what we're doing in the new home page ;)

Peter Batty said...

Oh, and to Andres I would say "Where 2.0"!

Ivan Rau said...

Good Luck Peter. May the force be with you ;)

Iván

Jonathan W Lowe said...

Peter: Marc A's work on Ning and his review of platforms might be of use...
http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/09/the-three-kinds.html
Best of luck, Jonathan

ed sieja said...

Joshua Allen has a perspective on Marc's platform stance...

http://visitmix.com/Blogs/Joshua/response-to-quotthree-platforms-you-meetquot/

Michael said...

Peter. Congratulations! Your new venture sounds intriguing and challenging. This effort will definitely play to your technical strengths and visioning skills. I'm very excited and happy for you. Best wishes for another HUGE success! Just don't forget to make it FUN as well...
Mike Cerkas