End of an era, start of a new one

April 9, 2009 | 12 comments

Update: Interested in what I’m doing now? Check out my about page.

I have a major announcement to make:

I co-founded Elgg with Dave Tosh five years ago, and it’s been a heck of a ride. I’ve been immensely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, not least establishing the most popular open source social networking platform, helping establish the first social network to run campus-wide at a university, and developing a commercial business with a first-class team of brilliantly intelligent, creative people. Each major milestone has been both a thrill and an honour.

However, I have decided that the time has come to move onto other projects. As of Wednesday, April 15th, I’ll no longer be part of Curverider or the core Elgg team. I’m immensely excited about my next projects, and announcements will be made about these later in the year – it’s too early to talk about them now, but I intend to continue pushing the envelope of what’s possible on the Web. I’ll also be providing expert advice to organizations who want to create excellent Web-based services.

I’m also very excited about Elgg’s future plans. I’m very proud of the team we’ve created, and the platform is about to enter its own new era. Keep an eye on Elgg.com.

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12 Comments

  1. Big news! You guys have a very interesting product in Elgg and I’m eager to see where you go next! Congrats!

    Chris Messina April 9, 2009 (5:24 pm)
  2. Best of fortunes with anything and everything you take on. Now is your time, so love every second.
    I’ve no doubt you will find levels of success you never dreamed of.

    undeadbydawn April 9, 2009 (5:25 pm)
  3. I wondering why you quit if you liked it so much?

    Jonathan Kemp April 9, 2009 (6:51 pm)
  4. @Jonathan I’ve got some other ideas I’d like to pursue. Nothing sinister.

    Ben Werdmuller April 9, 2009 (6:57 pm)
  5. I really appreciate the work you have put into Elgg over the past few years. Good luck in your new ventures.

    Matt Leifer April 9, 2009 (7:30 pm)
  6. Gosh! End of an era, as you say. You deserve to be proud of all you’ve achieved with Elgg, and I’m sure what comes next will be hugely exciting. Didn’t you mention something at #barcampoxford about saving the world?
    Good luck for whatever the new projects are, and thank you.

    Miles Berry April 9, 2009 (9:04 pm)
  7. Thanks all for your kind words. I can’t wait to share the next big project with you.

    Ben Werdmuller April 10, 2009 (9:40 am)
  8. [...] co-founder Ben Werdmuller has left Curverider as of April 15.  On his blog he refers to Team Elgg positively calling them, “…a first-class team of brilliantly [...]

  9. Wha? [rubbing eyes in disbelief]
    Am spending too much time not paying attention.

    Best of luck indeed! Am curious to see what the world holds next for you.

    Do keep us all apprised.

    Christopher April 20, 2009 (11:12 pm)
  10. An end of an era? No joke, Ben! I have been watching the development of Elgg ever since your talk at Stanford on social networks, many many years back. What will happen with the Elgg project, now that the horse that pulled the cart has left? And as for you, what next?

    Rajesh April 21, 2009 (5:12 pm)
  11. Hi,
    we are using elgg for our college community portal
    http://www.atri.edu.in/portal
    thanks for the great software
    elgg rocks

    good luck

    srikanth ad April 28, 2009 (8:40 pm)
  12. [...] I left to pursue other projects last month, Elgg is close to my heart. I headed technical direction through Elgg version 1.5 (the most [...]

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