The State of the Agency

Citizen Agency markIt’s been a mad dash these past couple weeks getting things sorted and started out on , the startup that Tara and I founded just about two weeks ago.

We’ve incorporated (in Delaware, of course), had four tremendous individuals agree to be our advisors, found a third agent, begun to work on the underpinnings of our Developer Network (aka CA DevNet) and already have signed up a number of clients and a very cool project that we’ll be talking about over on the new blog (working on a theme for that as well). Oh, we found a lawyer (as Ted said, the only thing that still hasn’t changed in business).

We’ve had some help with our identity and are still working out the kinks, but the business cards that we produced a day before seem to have gone over pretty well so far.

So there’s much more to come and much more to get ideas and advice on, but at least the foundation is beginning to solidify… oh, and if you’re not sure what we’re going to do, y’know, to make money and stuff, well, hold tight, we’re still figuring that one out too. “Go after what you love doing and the rest will follow” seems to be our operating assumption at the moment. We’ll see how it goes.

I am a citizen and I have agency

Citizen Agency

So in case you missed it, Tara left Riya very recently, following a trend that’s at least a couple months old (but blowing out recently).

The obvious question is: “what comes next?”

Well, without much time and without much hesitation (which means going on the sense in our collective gut, which our worldly president espouses), we decided to take the plunge and start our own consorgency.

We’re calling it Citizen Agency. And we’re still trying to figure out what we’re gunna shape it into… but we’ve got some initial ideas.

The name was spontaneous to be sure, as we’re on a tight deadline to get this thing launched, but it captures some of the important organizing principles behind what we’re doing. And of course, no good project or idea is without a kickoff track to its soundtrack… so, substitute “Patriot” with “Citizen” in the eponymous song by Pearl Jam and a picture starts to emerge:

And I ain’t no communist
And I ain’t no socialist
And I ain’t no capitalist
And I ain’t no imperialist
And I ain’t no democrat
I sure ain’t no republican either
I only know one party, and that is freedom

Whatever this thing we’re building is, it’s gunna be consistent with everything that’s lead to our shared success so far, including starting with a community model and building it out through channels that respect the dignity of our consorgents and partners.

Ah, and if you have an idea of what kind of symbol might represent this idea, we’re all eyes.