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The Dodgeball Shut-Down Party. Well, old friend, I guess we knew this day would come. xo 4eva, dpstyles97
I bought dodgeball.com in 1998 on my way out of college (Baby’s First Domain Name!).
Used it as my personal blog until I started tinkering with these “building a better CitySearch” ideas in 2000 (hence the switch to teendrama.com)
Original dodgeball launched in April 2000.
Used dodgeball’s first WAP site (“get venue addresses from your phone!”) to land me a job at Vindigo in summer 2000.
Got laid off from Vindigo (summer 2001) and built the “friend finder” part of dodgeball so all us unemployed kids could meet up.
Couldn’t get a job. 9-11. Left NYC. Worked as a snowboard instructor in NH.
Returned to NYC to go to grad school (ITP @ NYU) in 2003.
Resurrected dodgeball again in Fall 2003 (post Friendster, pre Myspace). Launched it as “mobile social software”. It became our thesis.
Graduated from ITP in May 2004. Gave ourselves 6 months to work on dodgeball (“maybe this can become our job!”)
We sold dodgeball to Google in May 2005.
18 months later we’re told “there’s no future for dodgeball at Google”.
So we quit. (May 2007)
And now…. Google shutting down Dodgeball in T-minus 15 days. Sniffle. :)
Come check-in one last time (ha!). Me and Alex and Harry and Kevin K all DJ’ing. Email HarryH about the t-shirts! (ps: Alex made the flyer - genius!)
Friday March 6 @ 9pm Bowery Electric 327 Bowery (btw 2nd 3rd) downstairs (password: dodgeball)
And this is super shameless, but some other events you may enjoy….
++ IGNITE NYC: 10 five-minute presentations on [anything / everything]. I’m giving a talk on Family Feud :)
Monday February 23, 6:30 (open bar ends / talks start 7:30)
Santos Party House
100 Lafayette @ Walker St
RSVP here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47143162767&ref=ts
++ NYTECH MEETUP: rumor has it me + Naveen are debuting foursquare!
Monday March 2, 7pm
@ FIT (Haft Auditorium)
27th St & 7th Ave
RSVP + $5 cover: www.meetup.com/ny-tech/
++ FAMILY FEUD (!!) VIEWING PARY
Wednesday March 4
Live broadcast: 3:00 or 3:30 episode on MY9 (Time Warner ch 9) —> check your local listings outside NYC
Viewing party: Time / Location TBD (stay tuned)
++ DODGEBALL SHUTDOWN PARTY
Friday March 6 @ 9pm
327 Bowery (btw 2nd 3rd)
downstairs (password: dodgeball)
Wear something nice.