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Can You Feel the Love?

In brijit on Thursday, 15 May 2008 at 17:50

Yesterday was awful. Out of financial runway, Brijit stopped publishing abstracts for after more than eight months of continuous service to our growing community. Ripped the band-aid right off!

Personally, at least, today’s a much better day. The outpouring of affection and support around closing Brijit, at least temporarily, has been amazing. One of my favorites:

Here’s Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb: “In a tragic and surprising turn of events, Brijit, one of the most interesting startups on the web, has announced that the company has run out of money…”

Thanks, Marshall. You’ve always had nice things to say about our service, and I appreciate it.

Comments like this one from a loyal reader named Gabe: “I visited Brijit 2-3 times a day. Bottom line is that out of the gazillions of sites out there, there are only around 5 (and Brijit is one of them) where I’m guaranteed to be given quick and easy access to more than 5 articles that I’ll find interesting.”

Also plenty of notes of encouragement from friends, acquaintances and total strangers. Great stuff.

Professionally, I’m pleased to say, I also received inquiries from a handful of credible potential investors and partners, upon which I’m already following up. Long shots, to be sure, but worth a shot nonetheless.

Today I’m feeling the love. Please keep it coming!

  1. I am a regular subscriber to Brijit. I am so sorry to hear about this. Although I am too busy to even keep up with Brijit all the time, I did find it’s the best way to get aware of what’s going on around. I hope the community of Brijit and its spirit to continue thriving despite of this financial tragedy. Best wish to all u guys.

  2. Hope you find a way to continue on – it’s a shame such a great service could dissolve into bits. I already miss my daily updates!

  3. I can’t say that I was shocked to hear the news yesterday, what with credit crunches, recessions, and layoffs (oh my!). It’s desperately disappointing news for now, but with such a great underlying idea I’m sure you’ll be back up and running in the near future. Good luck and best wishes.

  4. A week after I found, *all* my friends knew about it, dug it.

    I am hopeful that you will find the funding, because this is a very useful and relevant service. Something endusers might even pay for.

    Thanks for thinking of this and executing this.

  5. Hopefully this is only temporary. Brijit is/was a great site and it would be a shame to not see it revived.

  6. Such sad news about the brilliant,she was one of my best friends. I would visit her at the end of every day, somewhere between midnight and one a. m.. I would awake the next morning feeling I had a jump on almost any subject that I might encounter that day. The site was easy to navigate, organized, and took you directly where you needed to go. If only “Wired” could have picked up on the site sooner. Good luck, to all the many fine writers of brijit… and especially to Jeremy and Ben, for creating such a wonderful site.

  7. I am one of the writers at Brijit, and not only was it a wonderful experience, but the things I learned daily were exciting! I am married to a lawyer, and our dinner conversations were so interesting and educational. I love Brijit, and am so hopeful that you will find a source of funding. You have been delightful people to work for–kudos to Bryan Keefer, who always answered any questions that I had promptly, and encouraged me to keep writing. The communication you maintained with your writers was so appreciated. I’ll be praying for good news! Lonnette Harrell

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