Closing up shop

Closed Store
by Ben Demey licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license)

Victoire and I were chatting a couple days ago and we have decided to end our chili partnership and the chilibean initiative. You can get a pretty good idea of what Victoire has been up to the last few months and I am in a similar position. We started chilibean with the intention of becoming one of South Africa’s first new media businesses. We met a lot of amazing people as we built up the chilibean blog and then launched the business and I think I can speak for Victoire when I say we are both thankful for all the amazing connections we have made through chilibean.

Unfortunately we are both left with so little time after our business and personal activities that we simply don’t have the time to invest into chilibean to build it to where we initially wanted to take it and maintain it. The new media space has changed so much in the last year and a half. There are blogs sprouting up all over the place and the number of new media consulting businesses has exploded. That industry has been through quite a few changes starting with Cerebra’s launch at the beginning of the year, a couple spinoffs and a couple consolidations. I think people like Mike Stopforth, Dave Duarte, Angus Robinson, Tyler Reed and many others have really revolutionised this space and done wonders for public awareness of new media in South Africa.

As far as chilibean is concerned, we’re probably going to leave the blog where it is for archive purposes. If you would like to get in touch with us, you can reach Victoire through her blog and you can reach me either through my Plaxo profile (which has my contact details too) or ClaimID (where you can find where I am on the Web).

A big thanks to everyone who has supported us and chilibean. I have enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to working with you in other capacities going forward.

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