Always Be Hustlin'
“Yo, on my way to SF, I met Bob Scoble at a rest stop on I-5,” Walter Chen, co-founder of IDoneThis, the side project that went start-up and is now joining AngelPad, Gchatted Betabeat. “He was talking to my cousin about avoiding speed traps and babies,” he continued. “And I was like, oh snap, is that Bob Scoble?”
A side project we counseled to turn start-up is headed to San Francisco to join the elite incubator Angelpad, founded by ex-Googlers in 2010. IDoneThis, the productivity hack from Walter Chen and Rodrigo Guzman, told us a month ago they had applied to a few incubators–including New York’s brand-new Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator–but it seems they’ll be shipping off to Cali even though “New York has been good to us.” We look forward to hearing dispatches from the relatively new incubator, which mostly selects start-ups run by more experienced entrepreneurs, and to enjoying the sandwiches at their celebratory open sandwich bar party next week.
“IDoneThis started out as a simple side project to help motivate ourselves to keep New Year’s resolutions,” local lawyer-turned-developer Walter Chen told Betabeat in an email. He and Rodrigo Guzman built the app, an email-based “done” list, in two days and launched it on January 3. The app’s traffic bumped along for a while, a testament to good design and good hustle (cold email pitches to blogs and submissions to sites like Reddit and Hacker News).
Then at the beginning of April, it took off.