by David LeMieux
WidgetNest, 2007 - 2009
I hereby decree that WidgetNest will always hold a soft spot in my heart. WidgetNest was formed by my friends Jared, Interaction Designer Chris Hall, and me in early 2007 with basically one idea in mind. We would make we widgets and see if we could get people to pay us for them.
I am a little sad to say that for all intents and purposes WidgetNest is now dead, but I take comfort in knowing that while it may not be what it once was it was definitely a success. The experience, knowledge, and inspiration that came from that project got me where I am today. Within a month of inception we had people calling us from Google, Netscape, Brides.com, and other high-traffic websites wanting to talk to us about widgets. We were able to do lots of fun work and learn a lot about business and software development along the way.
WidgetNest widgets are still viewed millions of times a week (if not per day!). We aren't doing any more client work so we don't have the inflow of money we need to keep the servers alive for too much longer, so the end is coming soon. I will try and keep things running for as long as I can. Our most popular widgets have already been transferred to more reliable hosting, so no worries there, but as it is we have already had to cut back on what is available.
I would like to thank Jared, Chris, my wife Val, and all the people we talked with and worked with along the way. WidgetNest was one of the best decisions I ever made.