I launched an application at Asthmapolis last week. It's not complete and it probably took longer than it should have. But it's launched - a simple feat worth celebrating.
I was reminded of this when I ran across Seth Godin's recent "#YearInReview What did you ship in 2010?" post. It was a great reminder of one of the best lessons I've learned being a part of some young companies over the last few years - don't settle for ideas or talk of doing things. Instead, go out and experiment, build and put your ideas to work.
In that spirit, I'm going to start celebrating every launch this year. And to match Seth's list, the following is my 2010 launch list. Some worked. Most failed. Some were good ideas with bad execution. Some were terrible ideas but it wasn't clear until after it was tried.
Here's to celebrating doing...
- Launch of SMSMyBus, a mobile transit notification app for Madison
- Launched Frinook with my daughter so she and her friends could swap books more efficiently
- Launched a web service so my neighbors could swap ice skates
- Launched the Asthmapolis mobile application
- Built spellitfor.us, a tool to help my kids practice their spelling
- Helped to re-launch Barcamp Madison
- I trained for a marathon and failed
- I did an open water swim around the Hog Island lighthouse
- Launched the award winning SMS app for Asthmapolis
- I launched a notification system for Shorewood swim parents to keep tabs on their kids' swimming results
- I gave a PechaKucha talk
- Launched the Madison Twilio meetup
- Launched a neighborhood block party
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." -- Joseph Chilton Pearce