How Backblaze Got Started: The Problem, The Solution, and the Stuff In-Between

By | April 11th, 2017
How Backblaze Got Started

Backblaze will be celebrating its ten year anniversary this month. As I was reflecting on our path to get here, I thought some of the issues we encountered along the way are universal to most startups. With that in mind, I’ll write a series of blog posts focused on the entrepreneurial journey. This post is the first and focuses on the birth of Backblaze. I hope you stick around and enjoy the Backblaze story along the way.

Backblaze Begins: Celebrating A Very Special Anniversary

By | January 16th, 2017

2017 is a milestone year for us at Backblaze: This year is our tenth anniversary. Our official birthday – based on our papers of incorporation – places that date in April. But January 15th was another important date: It’s when the work on what would become Backblaze first started in earnest. Brian Wilson, our intrepid….

Mixergy Interviews Backblaze CEO

By | February 24th, 2016
Backblaze CEO Talks Entrepreneurship with Mixergy

Recently our fearless leader Gleb did an interview with Andrew Warner for Mixergy! The topic was entrepreneurship and launching a company without venture capital. The interview is about an hour and a half long, but we decided to write up a bit of a TL/DR version along with some key takeaways and time stamps. You….

Don’t Build a Billion-Dollar Business. Really.

By | September 3rd, 2015

The better goal? Keep your head down, make a great product, and build a successful business. Silicon Valley prays at the altar of the billion-dollar business. And for good reason: These companies define industries, give the founders so-called “F-you money,” and provide VCs with a return that can counterbalance a dozen lousy investments. I don’t….

How to Make the Most of Working Remotely

By | July 21st, 2015

I’m sitting in a hotel room in a small remote town in the south of Germany, where I’m spending the week working. I did not come here because of a customer, partner, or work event. Instead my wife and I coordinated a week of vacation in Berlin with a work trip for her in this….

Why Backblaze Bought a Porn Site

By | June 25th, 2015

What’s in a Domain Name? When Brian Wilson (our CTO) co-founded Backblaze, he already had a website called www.codeblaze.com (it was designed in the early 2000s by Casey Jones, who co-founded and designs all things Backblaze). That site had a variety of uses, but the main reason for it was that Brian needed a website….

My Permanent Out-Of-Office Email – One Month Later

By | February 19th, 2015

Back Story: After a vacation last year I realized how much freedom my out-of-office email notification provided, so with the new year starting, I decided to try an experiment and make my email management plan permanent. I promised to check back in and let you know what happened. My Original Plan Here was my 3-step….