Holy Sh!t. It's Been Two Years?

May 3, 2013 Rami Essaid

As I stepped back from the day-to-day meetings and started my planning for the coming weeks and months, it dawned on me suddenly that April was over. I realized amongst my many activities, I lost sight of one enormous milestone.

On April 13th, Distil Networks turned two years old … *&^%&.  How have two years flown by so quickly? I recognize in the big scheme of things we are just getting started with our company; but two years, two rounds of funding and tremendous customer growth are nothing to scoff at. How could I let myself forget such an important milestone?

As the CEO, during these past few months my travel schedule has increased dramatically and I find it hard to ever have time to relax – but it is important to step back and look around, acknowledge all our accomplishments and hard work…  I know it’s all worth it. Our team has tripled in size and everyone is moving at 100 miles/minute – it feels like just yesterday Andrew, Engin and I were sitting in my living room, developing the technology – talking to anyone who would listen, and signing up some of our earliest adopters.

We often lose sight of our past achievements as we constantly push one-another and look forward to stay on the leading edge and strategize our next move. Today served as a great lesson for me and hopefully will too for every startup founder. Stop. Take a moment to look back on what you’ve accomplished so far. Enjoy the progress you’ve made. Then give thanks to everyone who helped you get there, because you sure as hell didn’t do it on your own.  For me that means primarily my team but also our mentors. Thank you all for helping us to accomplish everything we’ve done so far:

  • Distil is born – April 2011
  • Distil Alpha – September 2011
  • Accepted into Techstars October 2011
  • Distil Beta – December 2011
  • $400k Raised – January 2012
  • Techstars begins – January 2012
  • Distil General Availability – April 2012
  • $1.8M Raised – December 2012
  • Distil rebranded to Distil Networks – April 2013

So here’s to the next two years- and beyond – may we grow in knowledge, success and of course revenue.


About the Author

Rami Essaid

Rami Essaid is the Chief Product and Strategy Officer and Co-founder of Distil Networks, the first easy and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. With over 12 years in telecommunications, network security, and cloud infrastructure management, Rami continues to advise enterprise companies around the world, helping them embrace the cloud to improve their scalability and reliability while maintaining a high level of security.

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