In short, Mike Yanvonditte, CEO of Hashable & Tracked, is a seasoned startup founder and investor. His portfolio includes Quigo where he was a former CEO for, sold to AOL in 2007 for $340M, Meetup.com, Yipit, Tracked.com, Klout, Voxy and Howaboutwe, along with a few that haven’t been announced.
I am Andi Sie, a purpose-driven entrepreneur who has proudly started and led tech companies in Columbus, Ohio called eSolutech and eEvent.
I don’t know Mike personally and I don’t think I have a quarter of Mike’s experience in monetizing startups. But Mike created the application @hashable, and I started beta testing it a few weeks ago. One of the mainstays is facilitating introductions between people. For example, you can see the introduction dashboard for Mike and me @hashable here: http://hashable.com/i/1GS1YP3CE9JUB
After my initial exploration, I wasn’t really sure what the benefit of @hashable was. The below Twitter conversation between a few Twitter techies is what made me spend at least another hour or so exploring @hashable. Mike’s @hashable has not make any penny from me nor there is a guarantee that it will make any from me in the future. However, Mike believes in his idea, his product and surely care about my concern and wanted to make sure that I understand the value of @hashable.
Here is the proof:
disclosure: @rockson @hunegnaw @ChristianGAdams are among cool peeps I know in Columbus
This exchange tells us that Mike cares about his idea, his product and his customers. I would not be surprised if his success story repeats itself with @hashable. He’s among many successful startup leaders who have given us a great example of being “successfully cool!”
I am sure you will hear more about @hashable soon!