One of the many good things to come out of my tenure at Zango was getting to know Andy Sack. For those that don’t know Andy – he’s a scary smart serial entrepreneur, businessman, angel investor and all around great guy. I’ve learned a ton from Andy after the last few years and find him an invaluable resource for bouncing business ideas off of – Andy is one of the gems of the Seattle startup scene. Needless to say, I look up to Andy with an incredible amount of respect.
So with that, when I saw the news about Judy’s Book yesterday, I reacted with a heavy heart. I want to pass along my sympathies to the Andy and the Judy’s Book team. It’s never easy to see a dream die and even harder to let people go like that. Andy’s honesty and shared learnings about Judy’s Book both public on the blog and in private have been very refreshing. In a world where all you ever hear is “things are great” no matter how far from the truth, Andy took the path less taken and I hope we all can learn from those lessons. Andy’s ideas on local search and commerce will likely prove largely right, but the timing is still tough. And as I’ve discussed, being early is still wrong no matter how right the idea proves in the long run.
Best of luck to Andy on his next adventure and sorry this one didn’t work out.