As 2013 was coming to a close, I started re-reading Seth Godin’s ''Tribes'' weeks ago and I immediately remembered back years ago to when we launched Addoway and began building our ''Addoway tribe.'' Oh what a feeling it was starting something from nothing. The rush was incredible and every day there was something new challenging us that always kept things interesting. As those years have come and gone we have gained and lost members of the tribe. This blog post is dedicated to everyone who came and stayed all these years and you know what, it is even for those who decided to leave.
Thank you. Thank you for giving Addoway a chance and still giving it a shot today. Many of you are so successful selling on here we are surprised you are not millionaires when you combine all of the marketplaces you sell on. How do you do it each and every year? Seriously give yourself a round of applause!
We created Addoway because we wanted to challenge the status quo – full of fees and lack of communication, so you didn’t really know who you were buying from or selling to. All these years later nothing has changed. It's still about lower fees and a safer experience for buyers.
Why do we instead choose to follow the status quo and not embrace change because it is fun? Well you have chosen to not follow the status quo. You have chosen to open your horizons not just on Addoway, but on sites like Bonanza and Etsy and even Yardsellr (until they closed). You realized that it was fun and this is why we do it. This is why we continue to grow amid all of the negativity and struggling economy. Amid the ever growing competitive landscape. We do it because of you.
Successful marketplaces take years my friends. They take more years than any of us would like to admit to. How many years? Well so many and so unknown I can't even guesstimate. We know you want to see us grow, so we can all reap the rewards. It will happen, but you need to want it to happen. You need to help it happen, because you yearn for change - we all do. You have helped and are still helping.
As Seth Godin noted in his book: “An organization, any organization, needs people who aren’t just willing to follow, but are eager to follow.” We know we haven't come out with all of the great additions you have requested this year...shopping cart, more user friendly dashboard, AddoMall, forum, etc, but we will. This is as much our dream as it is all of yours.
At Addoway – we have users that are eager to follow and they want to tell others, because they believe in what we have and will create, because they are helping create it for themselves. Together we are creating a movement, interacting with each and every user that joins asking them to share with us what they have been missing and what they NEED to have. This movement still exists as we get new sellers everyday so surprised they never heard of us and are so happy they are here.
Addoway is about the future and about change – change we have all desired for, but couldn’t find. You just have to hold on and believe. We know you want to see some numbers, so how about we share some?
We have hit 3,000,000 listings for sale. Wow!!!
We have over 45,000 ACTIVE members.
Total value of sales since inception have exceeded $1,000,000.
Can you believe those numbers? Typing this just gives me goosebumps. We did this as a bootstrapped startup with everything going against us.
Happy New Year Addowayers and thank you for being patient. 2014 will surprise you. It will surprise us. We promise you that.