What was good and what could've been better
Seedtable started in late 2018 as a small side project. I was in Argentina and wanted to reconnect with the European tech scene. A few friends were kind enough to subscribe and provide some early feedback.
In early 2019 I wrote the Spotify piece, my first original take. For some reason, it (sort-of) blew up. At least on a small scale. From there, I was hooked and it was off to the races.
I kept writing, worked on the Breakut List and a bunch of rankings and kept griding. Seedtable has over 9,000 subscribers, and healthy open rate and 50,000 monthly visits to the website.
It goes without saying that 2019 was a fantastic year for me and for this newsletter.
I met (and even worked with) dozens of readers. Had wonderful conversations and some heated debates. I dove deep into different industries, analyzed the intersection of tech, regulation and politics, and even looked at world power dynamics and China. Even got my name out there. But most importantly, I was s able to share my thoughts on it.
Look... my thoughts aren't GREAT. I'm often wrong. I'm often an idiot. I like to think we all are. But I'm honest, transparent and unbiased. I hope you appreciate that.
That said, not everything smells like roses. To be frank, I wish I would've spent even more time on Seedtable.
Every decision comes with trade-offs. Sometime in Q3, Seedtable became one of those trade-offs. At first, it was an unconscious decision. Then I was just too tired to put real time into it. Finally, I lost the momentum. I kept writing, but the quality of the pieces significantly dropped off.
My #1 learning this year is that that should NEVER happen again. If I ever lose motivation, you'll be the first to know because I will stop writing. But I will never waste your time with subpar writing again.
See you in 2020. Stay tuned.