The moment you think you’ve got it all figured out, it flips on you … When you’ve been at it for as long as we have, this is not what you wish for. Sure, doubt has crept in, but hell if that is going to stop us from creating our vision for a prosocial alternative to social media as we know it.
The benefit of the doubt is accepting where we are and trusting the process. What we’re building is still relevant and needed across sectors and communities. While many technology companies look to replace what is human, we are creating a platform where people are each other’s value proposition. With meeting people’s true needs at our core, friends helping friends will be our launch version. Then, we’ll begin serving hundreds of thousands through nonprofit peer support programs—the first platform ever to offer tailor-made solutions for the non-profit community. Read that again!
As the roller-coaster ride of 2021 comes to a close, we reflect on our strides and missteps and look forward to what 2022 may bring.
We entered the autumn after the perfect recruitment and we were all super pumped to finally go into our last development phase of production. We had it all planned out, inviting the first group of users before Christmas, but good old Murphy was dealing eY’s tarot cards this year.
After a few weeks of unforeseen events and minor crises, we decided to reorganize and begin again, a bit wiser and nimbly with some user research under our belt. Today, I’m proud to say that we’ve only lost about one month of work. We have a far better prototype that we’re eager to share as soon as it passes the internal audit. We also have a test pilot and collab school waiting to put eY in the hands of students when the time comes. In addition, our nonprofit partners within the peer support and mental health spaces are also waiting to finally get their hands on what we’ve custom-tailored for them. Not bad at all I would say.
In May 2022, we’ve been at this venture for two years and I guarantee that not one of us thought that it would take this long. When we do launch – not going to put a date out and jinx it all – we have so much more to dig into and develop for you guys. Yes, this will be an amazing journey for us all.
Because the journey and the friendships that are formed along the way are all that matter. It’s odd being so tight with people a million miles away, but such is life in the pandemic age. Trust knows no distance. Remotely building this platform is the closest coworker experience I’ve ever had. Here are some year-end thoughts from my friends and teammates:
2021 has been a tumultuous year both professionally and personally. Founding member of “The Great Resignation” party people, I jumped ship from the hellscape that is the education system in the Southern U.S. to find my people, an experience that has been both terrifying and liberating. With the mission to get mental health support to teens in crisis and build active school communities, eY makes some radically simple sense – meet people where they are and provide a safe space to be real and seek help from friends and professionals. I am excited to realize our vision in 2022 and get the platform into the hands of young people who need support and positive social experiences now more than ever.
If there’s something I’ve learned the past year, it is to let go of the expectations and stories of how you want things to turn out and settle into the glorious present.
Bethanie Colwell / Education
The opportunity for growth this year has been profound! I think we’ve all come to realize some lessons about ourselves, others, and just how delicate the world we live in can be. For me, it’s been a year of understanding myself in an entirely new way. I’ve also been reading a lot. Trying to understand not just what will change in the future, but perhaps more importantly what will stay the same. I’ve been pondering many questions lately and I’m gonna leave you with some of them. I hope it helps to challenge your understanding as it has mine.
- What will the human experience look like in a deflationary world of technology?
- How do you measure premium in a UBI world?
- What does a platform look like when its value proposition is people helping people?
- How can we empower micro communities together with the economies that are built within them? And what role does crypto and tokenization play?
We believe that parts of the human experience, although enhanced by technology and AI, should not be replaced by it. This is why we are building upon the belief that the human experience will be a sought-after premium in a deflationary world of technology. These are some of the thoughts that have kept me thinking this year. Looking forward to showing you our answers in the upcoming year!
Jamie Bower / Co-founder
Let us start the next year with some stoic sense; when someone yells at you, count to ten and choose your temper. Be the change you wanna see, and lead our young ones with dialogue with respect, and maintain integrity. 2021 has been the craziest year I have ever experienced. All that’s going on in our world, surreal! So much unnecessary pain and tensions between people, it’s boiling. If there’s something I’ve learned, it’s to listen. Don’t argue to win, instead converse to learn and grow. The rights we take for granted come with responsibilities, and one is to respect other beliefs. Looking forward to yet another year with opportunities to be brave and vulnerable together!
Magnus Hellid / Co-founder
Thanks for all your support and a happy new year to you all!