Able2Know will be under new ownership next year

Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 02:52 am
After returning from Las Vegas in June I quit playing poker as a daily job. I'd felt I'd proved to myself that I could live off of poker if I needed to but the fun of the poker lifestyle didn't outweigh the fact that cash games became boring to me. There's no winner and loser and it's just and endless stream of play where you have to maintain your discipline to do what everyone knows you need to do. It's more of a test of patience and will power once you reach a certain level and quite frankly it's not very fulfilling.

Tournament poker is more of a competition than a test of patience and is still very fun for me but it's a lot more enjoyable if I don't have to play. So I've played tournament poker as a profitable hobby since and with all the time I gained from ditching the daily casino grind I returned to the one thing I've never gotten bored of: building websites. I like building things and never have gotten bored of doing it on the at certain levels.

Ever since I first started building Able2Know dreamed of obtaining the freedom I want in my life by working for myself in web development and the time is now ripe to finally get serious about that dream and I am starting a web development company that starts with the new year but that we are already working hard on.

I should probably explain "we". I want to work with great talented people who are passionate about what they do and this company is going to be a small team of strongly skilled engineers. I have web development consulting income that I am using to loan the company the funds needed to hire Nick, a PHP programmer who worked with me at my last day job and who's been working on the next version of Able2Know for free for over a year. He quit his job in November and is now working hard on the next version of Able2Know. He is the first person to join the team and a friend of mine who you know as Monger here has indicated interest in becoming involved as well and will be helping us out as he can.

The reason I am doing this is because the one thing I've never become bored of is Able2Know and building web applications. I'm better at that than anything else I do and together with some of the best people I know in technology I think we can make magic happen.

We aren't about becoming a big company through this, we just want to be free to build stuff we are passionate about and be able to support ourselves. For this reason I've taken a huge cut in my income to hire Nick, he's a guy I believe in enough that I'd not have formed the company at all if he wasn't going to join.

Able2Know has not kept pace with the web in years, and we plan to change all of that and make it a much larger and interesting website. I am able to float the company the first year and we will work feverishly on various verticals to generate the revenue we need to grow Able2Know and other great communities and web applications.

I've sold my car in the US, settled down in Costa Rica and bet every last dollar of revenue I have on this company, and the primary motivation I had was that I want to make Able2Know grow again and to be free to work on the projects I love.

That's not a lot of time to take over the world so here's a head's up: we are going to launch a very very very rough version of Able2Know soon (probably in a few months) and we will work feverishly from there to build one of the coolest social websites on the internet.

So bear with us, things will be rough and you will probably be frustrated with some of the transitions but I am very serious about this and am finally willing to risk it all on giving myself and the others we need the time to make it happen. I love building this website so even though it may be ugly at the time it launches I am putting a lot of effort and resources into making it something special. Stick around and it will be.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 02:56 am
Good luck Craven, thanks for everything and godspeed in the future.

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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 03:09 am
Thanks. And best wishes on your future endeavours.

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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 03:18 am
Thanks sweet stuff :-D
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 03:21 am
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 04:09 am
Exactly (though without those fullstops).
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:01 am
Best of luck with your endeavours, Craven.

I'm not clear about what you mean about "floating" A2K in the first year.
Can someone explain that, please?
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:10 am
I wish you all the best, craven.

I'm fuzzy about the new ownership. From what you describe, it sounds as if you'll still be the owner--not as an individual, but as a company. Am I right?

Hey, say hi to monger for me.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:20 am
Hi CDK, and what big plans!!!!

I'm excited about a change in A2K, not that there's anything wrong with it, but I was thinking the other day it's the one thing in my net life that hasn't changed (save new members) in the past few years.

Oh, and would you pretty please tell Monger Hi. I sent him a PM so many months ago, but he is never here, and I miss him much. In fact, tell him to email me if he has a chance with all the work y'all be doing, but i understand if he can't. Surprised)

mrsscifi84 AT cfl.rr.com
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:51 am
Well, I will remain a loyal member through thick and thin. Sorry.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:06 am
Floating the company is subsidizing it, I believe.

Good for you, Craven, for going after what you want. That's really admirable.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:14 am
One thing that I have to say for you kid, is that you have got "guts", and are willing to put your money where your mouth is.

Wishing you only the best!!! Very Happy
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:17 am
Looking forward to the new and improved even though I'm quite content with A2K as it is.

Congratulations on your decision. I know finally deciding to follow your heart is exciting and scary. If anyone can do it, it's you. No fear. Full speed, my boy. You know we all trust you. Very Happy
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:48 am
You are an impressive person Craven.

Best of luck on anything you do. Cool
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 09:04 am
Wonderful. Great good luck to you, Nick, and Monger.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 09:39 am
You never cease to amaze me, CdK.
I can't wait to see the new Able2Know.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 09:53 am
Will us old fuddy duddies be able to survive the A2K changes?


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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 10:37 am
I'm sure you will succeed Craven. You are one of the true "Lords of the Internet".

BTW, in your poker travels, did you ever meet a guy named Pete Fowler? I know he's won at least one tournament.

I knew him growing up when he went by the name "Dort". He was a junkie. Seems like he traded one addiction for another, but at least he is sober.
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 10:43 am
Hooray for Team A2K! I'm really looking forward to experiencing the new Able2Know.

(and please add my name to the "I miss Monger" list)
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 03:21 pm

I trust you enough to allow you to drag me into the 22nd century with a minimum amount of kicking and screaming and loud, vocal despair.

Hold your dominion.
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