Connecting Two Points: How My Face Unexpectedly Ended Up on TechCrunch


Yesterday a number of friends emailed me saying, “You’re on TechCrunch.”

I quickly racked my brain, “Did we announce anything new yesterday…?” Then I looked and saw that what they actually meant more specifically was that my face was on TechCrunch, along with a wardrobe I was selling.

Here’s the quick backstory:

  • My wife wanted us to get rid of a wardrobe we were no longer using.
  • I posted it on Facebook Marketplace, a social online classifieds service.
  • Facebook Marketplace is powered by Oodle.
  • Oodle was founded and still led by Craig Donato.
  • I knew Craig from Excite@Home and he is a friend on Facebook.
  • Through Oodle’s social aspect, Craig saw my posting.
  • Craig asked if he could use my post in a preso.
  • Four days later I get a slew of emails about being on TechCrunch (and VentureBeat).

I love the serendipity of being in Silicon Valley.
Now if I could just find a tie-in here to online backup

(Congrats Craig and team on the success with Oodle!)


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.