Goodbye Pressgram


Today marks the 2-year (official) anniversary of Pressgram and it is with a very heavy heart that I am announcing that active development on Pressgram is being discontinued. Consequently, I’ll be pulling the app from the Apple Store on 9/11 and shutting things down permanently by the end of this month (9/30).

I have been drafting this announcement post for a long time and had, at one point, a 3,000+ word epic narrative but it just didn’t really make sense as I stood back and looked at it as a whole.

Simply put, there are no words that can adequately describe how I feel about this news.

Pressgram was, and still is, a deeply personal project (a few of my readers have insight into how deep this really went) and it challenged me in so many different ways personally, professionally, as a software engineer, as a product designer, as a husband and dad, and as a human being.

I have learned too many lessons to count and I imagine that I will be introspecting greatly about it for a long time to come (I’m sure I’ll write many more follow-up blog posts as you might expect).

But to start things off I’d like to get some important things off my chest…

First, I’d like to thank the community that surrounded my efforts over the last 2+ years, the publishing community at large (never stop telling stories!), and the backers on my Kickstarter project that pushed this thing into the public eye.

I especially want to thank my amazing team, Zoe, Demian, Jacob, Joshua, and Michael who stuck with me the entire way through and who never gave up on the original vision and most importantly, me. You guys are the very, very best.

Second, I’d like to thank my investors. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Third, and most importantly, I want to thank my wife and kids who suffered and triumphed and loved me through these last few years as Pressgram was a daily conversation piece. My wife, especially, heard me talk about this every single night and you never once told me to stop talking about it. You are everything to me. Thank you.

Lastly, if you’d like to chat more about Pressgram, you can ping me on Twitter or email me directly.

For those interested in continuing their mobile publishing activities (and I highly recommend it!) I’d suggest looking into other publishing options this coming month. With the advent of iOS 8 and some native features that are coming down the pipe you should be well-equipped to do some stuff with other great apps.

If you’re curious about what’s “next” that’s an easy question to answer! Investing in people @ The Iron Yard has been a top priority in the past year and we’ve been growing like crazy (in all the right ways). I have had a blast working with some very talented and motivated people and I couldn’t have asked for a better team (Oh, and I’m hiring!).

desk-pm-icon-brandAlso, I can’t give up all my engineering and product work (sort of obsessed) so I’m moving all my development time to shipping my desktop publishing app, Desk, which should be another grand adventure (follow on Twitter: @DeskPM). Expect to see this ship pretty soon!

This particular app has been more than a decade in the making and I couldn’t be more happy about this “pivot” for my time, resources, and financial runway. I hope you will join me on that journey to build a better publishing system for writers.

Finally, I’m building more time in my schedule for things that are not entirely related to the internets – for instance, my decision to become a coach for my daughter’s soccer team. Moving more of my time to family is never a bad move and something I will never regret.

Most startups fail, even (and especially) for experienced entrepreneurs. Sometimes we fool ourselves in believing that previous success guarantees future success and that is never the case in startup and in new product world. I think that’s a good thing. I think it keeps us hungry and humble, two of the most powerful forces in the world.

And to that end I am still very, very hungry and I’m learning, every single day, to stay humble. Heads-down, work hard, never give up.