Commit f4100087 authored by Jaisen Mathai's avatar Jaisen Mathai
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Adding fundraising post and updating CSS with Trovebox logo.

parent 6a7a5ce2
title: Site Title
description: Describe your website here.
title: The Story of OpenPhoto / Trovebox
description: Documenting my 3 year startup journey founding OpenPhoto / Trovebox.
logo: site-logo.png
search: true
# Change url to your domain. Leave localhost server or blank when working locally.
# You don't need to specify the protocol if you want it available on http and https. Example: //localhost:4000
# url: http://localhost:4000
#url: http://localhost:4000
#url: //
# Owner/author information
name: Your Name
name: Jaisen Mathai
avatar: bio-photo.jpg
# Social networking links used in footer. Update and remove as you like.
twitter: jmathai
github: jmathai
linkedin: jaisenmathai
......@@ -33,18 +34,12 @@ bing_verify:
# Links to include in top navigation
# For external links add external: true
- title: About
url: /about/
- title: Articles
url: /articles/
- title: Theme Setup
url: /theme-setup/
- title: Made Mistakes
external: true
timezone: America/New_York
timezone: America/Los_Angeles
future: true
pygments: true
#highlighter: pygments
layout: post
title: Sample Post
description: "Just about everything you'll need to style in the theme: headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, tables, code blocks, and more."
modified: 2013-05-31
category: articles
tags: [sample-post]
feature: so-simple-sample-image-1.jpg
credit: Michael Rose
comments: true
share: true
Below is just about everything you'll need to style in the theme. Check the source code to see the many embedded elements within paragraphs.
# Heading 1
## Heading 2
### Heading 3
#### Heading 4
##### Heading 5
###### Heading 6
### Body text
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, test link adipiscing elit. **This is strong**. Nullam dignissim convallis est. Quisque aliquam.
![Smithsonian Image]({{ site.url }}/images/3953273590_704e3899d5_m.jpg)
{: .pull-right}
*This is emphasized*. Donec faucibus. Nunc iaculis suscipit dui. 53 = 125. Water is H<sub>2</sub>O. Nam sit amet sem. Aliquam libero nisi, imperdiet at, tincidunt nec, gravida vehicula, nisl. The New York Times <cite>(That’s a citation)</cite>. <u>Underline</u>. Maecenas ornare tortor. Donec sed tellus eget sapien fringilla nonummy. Mauris a ante. Suspendisse quam sem, consequat at, commodo vitae, feugiat in, nunc. Morbi imperdiet augue quis tellus.
HTML and <abbr title="cascading stylesheets">CSS<abbr> are our tools. Mauris a ante. Suspendisse quam sem, consequat at, commodo vitae, feugiat in, nunc. Morbi imperdiet augue quis tellus. Praesent mattis, massa quis luctus fermentum, turpis mi volutpat justo, eu volutpat enim diam eget metus.
### Blockquotes
> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, test link adipiscing elit. Nullam dignissim convallis est. Quisque aliquam.
## List Types
### Ordered Lists
1. Item one
1. sub item one
2. sub item two
3. sub item three
2. Item two
### Unordered Lists
* Item one
* Item two
* Item three
## Tables
| Header1 | Header2 | Header3 |
| cell1 | cell2 | cell3 |
| cell4 | cell5 | cell6 |
| cell1 | cell2 | cell3 |
| cell4 | cell5 | cell6 |
| Foot1 | Foot2 | Foot3
{: rules="groups"}
## Code Snippets
Syntax highlighting via Pygments
{% highlight css %}
#container {
float: left;
margin: 0 -240px 0 0;
width: 100%;
{% endhighlight %}
Non Pygments code example
<div id="awesome">
<p>This is great isn't it?</p>
## Buttons
Make any link standout more when applying the `.btn` class.
<div markdown="0"><a href="" class="btn">This is a button</a></div>
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title: "In The Beginning..."
description: "The first of many posts chronicling my journey from having an idea to selling it."
category: articles
tags: [sample-post, readability, test, intro]
#tags: [sample-post, readability, test, intro]
feature: so-simple-sample-image-2.jpg
credit: Michael Rose
layout: post
title: "The Road To Funding"
description: "Our path to fundraising took many detours and caused a lot more stress than I imagined."
category: articles
#tags: [sample-post, readability, test, intro]
feature: so-simple-sample-image-2.jpg
credit: Michael Rose
comments: true
share: true
I remember telling Rachel when I left my job in May that I'd go no longer than 6 months without funding. Determined to close a round of funding by the end of 2012 I warmed up leads and had a spreadsheet of a couple dozen angel investors I knew by 1 or 2 degrees of separation. I probably still have that spreadsheet laying around; it'd be fun to dig up.
The Kickstarter funding wasn't a proper angel or seed round but I knew it would help. The exposure from Kickstarter helped get us accepted by Mozilla into their WebFWD accelerator. WebFWD didn't include any funding but legitimized us a little bit more and we got access to some great mentors and investors.
I met Marco Demiroz through WebFWD who acted as an unofficial advisor. Though he played the part, he wasn't able to take an advisor role since he was CEO of PlayFirst. Marco's one of those rare folks who was always available for a quick chat or reviewing a pitch deck over coffee. I owe many of our successes to his guidance during the early stages of our company.
## October through December
Between October and December we talked with numerous angel investors and pitched to Kapoor Ventures and Khosla Ventures. I knew the pitches weren't going well. If an investor is interested, you'll know. I knew anything else meant there wasn't chemistry.
When fundraising it's vital that you don't take rejection personally or as a sign that you won't get funding elsewhere. This is one of the most difficult parts of fundraising. I had prepared for maximum rejection and it was paying off; the rejection didn't phase me.
In December we finally launched the hosted version of OpenPhoto. Prior to the hosted version we were only releasing new versions of the open source software. The hosted service was the crux of our business model and we were excited to roll it out.
## March[ing] forward
2012 came to an end and I was faced with a decision and an unfulfilled promise I made to Rachel. I experienced something at that time which would be a recurring theme over the next 3 years; Rachel's unflinching support. Patrick and I were filled with optimism and passion.
In February of 2012 we were invited to interview for the IO Ventures accelerator. Over 700 companies apply and they pick a few dozen to interview. I was optimistic about our chances but in March we got the email that we didn't make it in.
......@@ -6,7 +6,7 @@ description: "An archive of posts sorted by date."
<ul class="post-list">
{% for post in site.posts %}
{% for post in site.posts reversed %}
<li><article><a href="{{ site.url }}{{ post.url }}">{{ post.title }} <span class="entry-date"><time datetime="{{ | date_to_xmlschema }}">{{ | date: "%B %d, %Y" }}</time></span></a></article></li>
{% endfor %}
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-moz-animation-delay: .05s;
-o-animation-delay: .05s;
animation-delay: .05s;
border: 4px solid @white;
@media @medium {
width: 150px;
height: 150px;
@media @large {
width: 200px;
height: 200px;

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