the lake, watermelon salads, startups and going live

July 31, 2015 |  Category:   friends life outings







Summer wouldn’t feel like summer without a trip to our friend’s lakehouse an hour and a half north of the city. It’s pristine waters, good company, good food, and a chance to escape everyday life. It’s a secret pocket tucked away that remains hidden from time. No running water or electricity; there is phone service, but it’s pretty much the only thing that connects you to modern life.


It was a good way to cap off the month as we headed into the last week of July.
Wow. July. It’s almost hard to process. So much packed into this month. And while it’s pretty unbelievable that we’re facing August tomorrow, July felt long, like we lived through a whole summer.
On the job front, it’s been a wild ride that took us a bit by surprise. We officially pivoted the company after a 3 day hack project took over our time and captured users’ attentions. We went to market with Meerkat, but three weeks ago we opened up Katch to Periscope users and the reception was crazy. Seems like being able to archive live videos that was meant to be ephemeral struck a chord. It’s pretty amazing to witness something that you helped create go viral with its users because they are truly excited and believe in your service. We’re in an amazing position right now and the product is just getting started, but the road to here was not without its bumps. Live stream video is still in its infancy, but the community very much feels like the very early days of blogging and twitter, and I’ve been meeting new people online in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time. This part is exciting. Nobody knows where any of this is heading, but our startup does hope that we can help shape the future of mobile video – lofty goals I know, but you can dream big.
If you’re on the Periscope app, we’d love to connect with you. You can find us at whimsyandspice. We’ve done a few streams so far and as self conscious as we are sometimes, it’s been fun! Last weekend, we streamed the making of this watermelon feta salad. If you missed it, you can watch the replay (and others) on 🙂

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  • Lani August 1, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Great video. And thank you so much for more details on Katch. I’m so happy that it’s taking off. Good job!

  • Joo August 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Very cool!! Just watched the little cooking sesh! I’m having guests over tonight and I think I’ll be making your watermelon salad!! And get on Katch 🙂

  • Shiroi August 23, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I love your posts on summer at the lake. It gives a very serene, carefree and peaceful vibe. I hope I can find a similar place on airbnb for vacation. Love your photographs too!