Alex Barnett blog


The Great Bungee Jump

Well, the great Bungee Jump has come. Martin Plaehn, CEO of Bungee Labs has shared the news of the company the letting go of 15 regular employees and contractors. Unfortunately, I am among this set of affected Bungee Labs employees.

A Voyage of Discovery

As Martin explained in today's post, Bungee Labs has been on a voyage of discovery. There are many lessons for me and the company to take away from the whole experience of the last year or so, but the bottom line is that we were overly optimistic about what it takes to achieve the rate and scale of developer adoption - real traction - and therefore the development of killer apps by the developer community that would drive the platform and the business forward at the velocity that makes a VC-backed venture "interesting".

So where does Bungee Labs go from here? Well, I think Martin eluded to the key clue:

"Over the next several months, Bungee Labs will lay out the course for a business object solution framework for user configurable enterprise-class applications that demonstrate these principles"

It'll be very interesting to see how this manifests and the impetus it will provide to the platform's adoption.

No Regrets

No regrets, none at all. When I considered the opportunity of joining Bungee Labs (and by doing so leave a relatively safe harbor in order to do so) I knew of the risks involved. Bungee Labs' mission was - and still is - of the kind that aims to "change the world". To have been a member of the team tasked with realizing the company's hugely ambitious mission has been nothing short of an entirely worthwhile and educational pursuit.

In my mind at least, Bungee Labs has made its mark in the brave new world of cloud computing. It has opened the eyes to many in the industry about what might be and can be. It has made cloudy ideas and visions more concrete and helped to define the concepts a (Platform as a Service, or PaaS) and memes that are contributing to the next generation of cloud computing platforms.

I've learned a great deal in the past 16 months working closely with a very talented, smart and creative set of teammates. And although it is probably unfair to call out individuals - for it implies those not mentioned weren't of similar caliber (which is not the case) -  I do want to thank Martin Plaehn, Bungee Labs' CEO in particular for his mentorship during my tenure at Bungee Labs' and from whom I've learned an enormous amount management and leadership. I'll also miss the inane banter with Ted in those podcasts we put together (and the "Shushee"  lunches).

What Next?

And so...on to my next adventure. What will that be exactly? Frankly, I have no idea yet...but whatever it is, I need to know I'll be trying to change the world :-)

I'm open to if you have some, please get in touch.


Ted Haeger said:


Thanks for all that you did at Bungee Labs, and for the level of integrity and professionalism in this departure. I had a great experience working with you, and whatever the future may hold for Bungee, I and many others will miss your presence among us.

We may no longer be colleagues, but we will always be good friends.


# August 28, 2008 8:34 AM

alexbarnett said:

Tabs - thanks...I don't know what my plans are yet but getting some interesting emails in!

Ted - indeed. Catch up soon :-)

# August 28, 2008 8:53 AM

Corey said:


It was a pleasure working with you as well.  I learned a lot from you through my observations and interactions with the community side of Bungee. You are a true professional and I wish you the best in whatever you do next.


# August 28, 2008 9:48 AM

Korby Parnell said:

I've been sitting here at Seatac for an hour (missed my flight;), writing and re-writing and re-re-writing this darned comment.

Alex--Martin Plaehn was wise to recruit you, fortunate to retain you, and I am certain that he's sad to see you go.

If and when Bungee Labs IPOs, I will invest*, knowing that your DNA is in its DNA. For as any serious investor knows, the potential of a company is disproportionately influenced by its first few employees and executives. In your case, I trust that the influence has been disproportionately positive and profound.

I suspect that your inbox will continue to increase in interestingness over the next few weeks and months, as those of us who are not as tapped (or tagged) in as you are play catch up.

I'll call you when I land in SJO and I'll drop in on you and Kate for dinner and drinks, soon.  The next time you land up in SEA, you're now duty bound to do likewise.

Parting words: by my rough calculations, we've got 42 years to 10B and roughly 50 years to not only change world bug perhaps even save it. Opportunity abounds.

*unless you advise me otherwise

# August 28, 2008 10:39 AM

Ric said:


I am very sorry to hear the news.  You were a fantastic resource for bungee and I am not sure how they will get by without you.

As for the path forward, I have a few ideas.  Rest assured, when I become famous and wealthy, you are on the short list for people I would love to work with.

# August 28, 2008 10:54 AM

Chris said:

I enjoyed every minute of working with you.  Good luck to you and everything you do in the future.

# August 28, 2008 8:52 PM

Sean said:

Good luck and best wishes on your next endeavor.

Could always try knocking on Skonnard's door, hear he's still livin' large in Provo.

# August 29, 2008 1:18 PM

rob margel said:

maybe time to come back to blighty and watch Flitnoff hit 31 off 12 balls to beat the South Africans...

Rob -

# September 1, 2008 6:47 AM

Rob & Laura Piester said:


We were shocked to hear about what transpired...

Wherever you land, we're sure the new company/opportunity will benefit from your presence


Rob & Laura

# September 3, 2008 10:16 AM

Dion Hinchcliffe said:


A tremendous loss for Bungie if you ask me, but finding something exciting and rewarding should be little trouble for someone like you.

Let's catch up sometime very soon!

Best wishes and many happy regards.



# September 7, 2008 11:56 AM

friarminor said:

I believe that there'll be lots of opportunities opening up for you, Alex as well as the 14 other people that bid Bungee Labs farewell.

Keep on with the posts and good luck on your new ventures.



# September 10, 2008 3:50 AM

TrackBack said:

Bungee Labs, a well funded Utah based startup that left private beta only six months ago...
# September 22, 2008 7:14 AM

Alex Barnett blog said:

Firstly - thanks to everyone who has reached out to me in the last three weeks via email, phone calls

# September 22, 2008 9:48 PM