Happy birthday, us!
Hard to believe, but it was exactly ten years ago today that we launched the original (aka Classic) version of Batchbook.
It was a cold New England night when we sent Batchbook out into the world, never imagining that 10 years later it would still be cold in New England. Or that our small business CRM tool would come to help tens of thousands of businesses love their customers. As our way of saying thank you to so many friends for staying with us for so long, and journeying into the new world of social media, cloud solutions, automations, machine learning and lighter shades of blue, we’d love to send you a little blast from the past. Please enjoy this stroll down Batchbook memory lane and join us in ushering this baby into the world of double digits.
The original Batchbook offices were on a picnic table in my backyard. This photograph pretty much sums up our lives back then – laptops, coffee, baby bottles, bagels and bug spray.
Our original logo. Get it? A computer that is a book? We affectionately named her “Flippy”, but fear not, she had no middle finger.
DEMO Fall 2007
SBBuzz Twitter chat
We launched our Small Business Twitter chat SBBuzz in February 2009. Winter is a productive time in New England. Nothing else to do but sit around a computer and launch cool stuff. And watch Super Bowls.
SXSW and the Small Business Web
Yes, we were at SXSW back when Twitter was new and Jeff Bezos was an attendee, not the richest guy in the history of the universe. We launched the Small Business Web (now the Cloud Software Association) along with our SaaS drinking buddies from MailChimp, Freshbooks, Shoeboxed, and Outright. Entrepreneur magazine called it brilliant. Blush.
The Batchhaus co-working space
We opened up our office space to invite local artists, writers, geeks and entrepreneurs in for some free coffee and WiFi. We met some great folks and even hired a few.
While we loved the waffle parties and co-working visitors at the Batchhaus office space, we were finding ourselves spread farther and wider geographically. We moved to a completely virtual business a few years ago and have been working with other virtual businesses to build a culture and processes that work for virtual teams.
What’s Coming Next?
What I said in the original launch post still holds true today, “We are committing ourselves and our company to the long term goal of continually developing and improving the products our users rely on to run their businesses.”
We are humbled and honored that so many small businesses have entrusted their customer relationships to our technology and we will continue to develop Batchbook (and other products) to help small businesses stay connected to their customers while growing their business.
We are determinedly small, spunky and braving new worlds and new technologies. And we are always looking for more shades of blue.