When I started this blog last fall, I set myself a goal of one new post a week, which I managed to maintain until the end of January. Since then I’ve published exactly four posts, counting this one.
I realize most dedicated bloggers post far more frequently, even daily. My friend Andrew Stein somehow blasts out four or five posts a week—at Steinvox.com—each densely filled with more analysis and observation than I’m likely to achieve in a year. My friend and champion Carol Keene posts an original painting every damn day—at carolkeene.blogspot.com—any of which can knock your socks off with their mood, technique or sheer beauty.
But I have another excuse for my pitiful production, and I can sum it up in one word: Kauzu.
I ran into Mitch Schneider at the Business Network Chicago VC meeting in December. He told me about his idea for Kauzu, a new kind of job search tool. I said, “Well, I’m out of work. Sounds interesting.”
A few weeks later I accompanied a Kauzu team to Kansas City to assist them with the presentation I’d helped create for the Gigabit Challenge. When they—we—won a $250,000 award from Gramercy Private Equity, it occurred to me I may have stumbled into something beyond an interesting idea.
Fast forward to the present. Kauzu is a dozen or so people crammed into half an office (not all at the same time, thank you) at Ravenswood and Foster, flogging ourselves and everyone we went to college with to get our first product launched by the end of the month. We have broken most of the conventional rules for start-ups and some that haven’t even been written yet. Data has been lost. Ideas have been crushed. Dry-erase markers have been bled dry. Tears have been shed.
I am having the time of my life.
Kauzu is dedicated to transforming how jobseekers and employers connect, but I’ve already been transformed. So I’m a pathetic blogger. I’m working my ass off for a start-up that didn’t exist six months ago, and I feel like I’m 25 again.