Day 8: When a Boy Becomes a Man.
Having a child can’t be easy. I wouldn’t know but I’m sure that if it were to compare to anything in this world, it would be making a Panelizr.
A little over three weeks ago, the idea of Panelizr came up. You always talk about making a Panelizr. It’s something you want- but something you put off until you’re at a point in your life when you’re ready to buckle down. Free time will become a luxury of the past and the next time you have your life to yourself again is when Panelizr moves out.
Still, Matthew Runde, Rachel Mercer, and Jeff MacDonald gave birth to a Panelizr. They went through the intense two week pregnancy process while the rest of us worked on our own things. But after a difficult labor process, we all joined the family to help in the 10 day maturation process. At day 1, we had a technical demo- an infant that didn’t know much of anything other than it needed isotope to work and that it was very colorful. Now, at the end of day eight, our little baby has almost become a man.
The Development team made sure that he not only knew how to function properly in society, but that he knew how to excel. Greg Elwood taught him how to dance, even if you only have time for a 5 minute dance party. Jake Mitchell taught him how to have a cool “West Coast” vibe in an “East Coast” city. Schuyler taught him how to play ping pong when he should be working. As for Ernesto and Raj, they made sure he was trilingual.
The Data Entry team made sure he knew everything he needed to know about South by South West. Not stopping there, Yvonne Allen also taught him how to master iTunes while Mike Rozycki taught him how to at least sound well informed about everything.
Bryan Callison, Heather Klein, and Claiborne Buckingham made our Panelizr sexy. They were the kids in high school who took our little boy and converted his wardrobe from cargo shorts and oversized T-Shirts, to skinny jeans and slim fit button downs. One day he was just a big P with a purple background and the next he was the hot new sexy thing on the internet (that had a logo that in no way resembled Blackberry).
Finally, the social media team taught our Panelizr how to have attitude. This not only meant how to use Twitter and facebook, but how to complain about things on tumblr. Sybil taught him how to always be in a good mood, and this blogger taught him how to love.
Wednesday Evening, we send Panelizr out into the world. Fingeres crossed, he has learned enough.