End of the Road. (Updated)
Mingle was started in April of 2011 as solution to find an accountant at my local Costco.
Well, not just specifically for that.
Professional networking was archaic, confined and not spontaneous. In the age of mobile devices, GPS and Foursquare, it was clear that the technology and culture was now advanced enough to change the landscape of professional networking.
We were going to lead the charge. And we did.
In the next 14 months, my two co-founders and I secured a small angel round, left our stable jobs and ventured into a journey summarized by airport lounges, red bull, dry erase boards and our devices.
We created a wonderful community of tens of thousands of professionals from over 110 countries. We helped people find jobs, hire employees and even discover love (those two Mingle lovebirds are now engaged).
However, we were unable to figure out how to grow Mingle at a pace required to secure more funding or even to implement a revenue model. We evolved the product as much as possible to help us get closer to the growth formula but it was clear that it we didn’t get much closer so we were left to make a difficult decision.
On December 31st, 2012, Mingle will unfortunately be shut down.
We cannot thank our investors, advisors, team members and most of all, our users enough in believing our product, abilities and standing by the belief that professional networking was ready to be disrupted.
It still is. When we started this journey, we were the first ones. Today, there are many so we believe that someone will find the path to change business networking forever. We’re just sad that it won’t be us.
The Mingle team will move on. Here are some interesting projects that we’re involved in now:
- Ikea Now/Furnish - http://www.thefurnishapp.com / https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ikea-now/id552805870?mt=8
- Live Nation - http://www.livenation.com
- Life 360 - http://www.life360.com / https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/life360-family-locator/id384830320?mt=8
Thank you again for all your support and we’ll be seeing you around.
Questions, comments? - firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: All user data will be deleted on Dec. 31st, 2012. Reselling personal data isn’t cool.
Update 1: We have received hundreds of messages of continuous support and love. We thank every user for this support. We really did have the best community around.