The First Days of Xobni

Today we were thinking back to the first days of “Team Xobni.”  At that point we were not even sure we liked the name “Xobni.”  Now we love it!  I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me, “What’s your company’s name?”  I respond “Xobni.” “What?”  Then I explain, “It’s the word inbox spelled backwards.”  After I say that, I never have to tell them again.

Adam and I met by chance in the summer of 2005.  I posted a roommate ad on Craigslist. We decided to live together.  Adam was an intern at Vecna and I was an intern at NASA Goddard.  Each day after work we would bounce technical problems and business ideas off each other.  Six months after Adam and I had gone our separate ways he came to me with the idea which became Xobni.

The first week in the life of Xobni was spent in a single room in the East Campus dorm at MIT.  Adam was living there for his first semester of grad school.  I had flown up from D.C. for a week, as a trial, just to see how we would work together.  We worked great together.

We meant to take a picture of our “office” for that first week.  I wish we would have.   We had 2 laptops, 4 monitors, 2 desktops and 4 servers crammed into a 12ft by 12ft dorm room.  I was sleeping on a couch we had stolen from the common area.  Empty Hot Pockets containers were strewn across the floor.

Our sleeping schedule led us to a nocturnal existence by the third night.  It was at this point that we started resenting the fact that Boston Market wasn’t open for dinner at 4:00am.  We were working so hard it wasn’t uncommon for us to comment that eating, showering, and making trips to the bathroom were “distractions.”

Now that nearly 2 months have passed, we’ve fallen into a sustainable groove.  We have begun to meet the great group of hackers who make up this year’s Y Combinator SFPs.  We’ve also become active with other entrepreneurs in the Boston area.  I passed up my plans to travel the Pacific Rim for the opportunity to start Xobni. I would do it again in a heart beat.  I can’t wait until we release Xobni Analytics.

2 Responses to “The First Days of Xobni”


  1. 1 al June 9, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    yea pics would be nice 🙂 . Looking forward to xobni analytics. Good luck!


  1. 1 Xobni: take back your inbox » Blog Archive » Get ready to be married; startup success demands close collaboration. Trackback on September 18, 2006 at 4:36 am

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