Julie Anderson ( @juliejulie on Twitter) is working on another Big Idea with her husband Rhett Anderson, also known as @Nosredna. Together they drink coffee, go for long walks, and think of cool companies to start. Sometimes they have to work at real jobs, for other people, in order to buy decent meat and vegetables for their three children and Iams organic kibble for their two dogs in Bend, Oregon. Sometimes @juliejulie goes running, when she’s in the mood, and writes about it over at Chubby Mommy Running Club.


3 Responses to “Curtain #1 – All About Me”

  1. 1 Tim Clarke February 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Julie – hang in there! I don’t even look at my 401k – why bother? Keep your head down and wait for the storm to pass. Better times are coming! 🙂

  2. 2 Mike Osborn February 28, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Julie, you’re a hoot! Love your spirit! And really love your sense of humor!

    I’m sorry 401K Buddy hasn’t received investment. I’m working with Proxense — a $BB play — and we’re having a terrible time, too!

    I’d suggest you continue reading the tech investment blogs (Tech Crunch) and contact those investors that are investing in areas where — logically — they’d be interested in 401K Buddy, too. Sooner or later you’ll strike a responsive note.

    In my own career as an entrepreneur, when my startups have come to an end or I’ve run out of money, I’ve gone back to work for other for the period of time necessary to rebuild the finances, and then go at it again. You might consider that.

    Finally, I don’t know if you’re serious about writing a book, but if you’re doing it to make money, don’t. I was involved in publishing for 5 years, and the odds against making money as an author are really huge. If you doing it for release or cartharsis, go for it.

    All the best. Take care and hope to see you soon, M.

    • 3 Julie Anderson February 28, 2009 at 2:17 am

      Mike – great advice, as usual!

      You hit the nail on the head: we’re not really giving up, just working to rebuild the cash reserves so we can keep fighting the good fight. We think 401k Buddy is timely, and will still be a good bet in six months. By then, we may be able to launch on our own, or find an interested buyer. The tool is “functional” for both individual investors and there’s a version for financial adviors too, and the alpha is being tested.

      We’ll see if there’s any interest from a buyer out there, for sure. In fact, this first post has garnered a bit of interest already, so who knows?

      Rhett’s working on some quick iPhone games for now (his 20 years of game dev. experience is coming in handy now!) I’ve got a couple of projects, and we’ll see where we are in June.

      About the book: I’ve never let odds stop me! But I am a horrible gambler. The one time I went to Vegas I put $50 on black, lost, and then sat back and watched everyone else much more money than that by the end of the night. I don’t mind working hard, but I don’t like to leave things to chance. So, rolling up my sleeves now!

      Cheers, thanks again, and we owe you another lunch, and mabye a beer?


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