This is My Goodbye to EverythingMe

Four years with EverythingMe are coming to a close today.ami2

From the night I rolled out of bed with a seed of an idea that I couldn’t wait to tell Rami about, which became Doit9, DoAT and finally EverythingMe, until the long night a few weeks ago when I took the final decision to move on, it was one hell of an amazing roller coaster ride.

I’m proud to have given it everything. And then some more.

Hard not to get sentimental about the great times and the journey I’ve had, so I want this goodbye post to be about Thank You’s.

The list starts with the obvious thank you’s to my co-founders Rami & Joey. Thank you to the investors, partners, the board, the management, and the entire EverythingMe team. From the small group that created our first search engine, through our transition to mobile, and all the way to becoming the pioneers and leaders of Contextual mobile, and with a special thanks to Nina for taking care of my crazy and ever-changing global adventures.

The list of great people I want to thank today is too long to go name by name, but I promise to thank each of you personally.

With my being so identified with the company, and especially with my role as the front-facing figure to the media (thanks Ayelet and Team Blonde 2.0), I wanted to explain the background for my decision to move ahead. As many of you know, at the end of 2013, after we successfully launched the EverythingMe launcher and focused the company around its contextual vision, I started the process of passing my product role over, transitioning to the role of CMO. However my passion is, and always has been centered around crafting product vision and strategy, launching and growing products with consumers and partners, fine tuning experiences to their simplest core, and touching people’s lives with them. That is what I truly love, enjoy, think and breathe. This is what I intend to do in my next chapter in life.

This is goodbye from my daily role in the company, but I still remain a co-founder (a title one proudly carries for life), a shareholder, and a great supporter of EverythingMe. I’m confident that I am leaving the company strong, growing globally by the day with millions of happy users. A company that is well funded, after it has established itself, and its Android launcher, as the leader in contextual mobile products. I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved so far, and I know for certain EverythingMe will continue to innovate, do great business, and lead this rapidly expanding global market. So whatever I can do to help – I’m always available!

Finally, here’s how to reach me:

  • Email me at: Ami.Bendavid @ gmail.com
  • Follow me on Twitter: @amibendavid
  • Call me on: + 44 759 057 3067

Thanks everyone.

Ami.

5 Mobile Trends from the World Cup

“The ball is an essential part of the game.” - Johan Cruyff
“The game is an essential part of life.” – Me
It was the 26th of May, 1999. The venue was Barcelona, Spain and the occasion was the UEFA Champion’s League Final between Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Munich took an early lead after 6 minutes and the game was destined to live up to the cliché that football is played over 90 minutes, after which the Germans would win 1-0.

90 minutes of football passed and the game entered extra time. People were already leaving the stadium. Within the space of 4 minutes of extra time, in the most dramatic turn of events, Man United scored two remarkable goals and were ultimately crowned the champions of Europe.

EverythingMe, Now Everywhere!

The entire team here at EverythingMe is excited to announce that our contextual Android launcher is now available worldwide.EverythingMe, Everywhere
As TechCrunch wrote:

EverythingMe‘s contextual launcher aims to customize your Android home screen so that you get exactly what you need every time you switch on your phone. It’s the results of years of work on mobile discovery. And today, the app is available globally.

This is an important milestone for us but we’re already working hard to make EverythingMe even better, so expect to see great new features coming soon.

And remember, EverythingMe is completely free to download, feel free to share with friends and family!

The Day People Stopped Eating Sushi

The Day People Stopped Eating Sushi
Using a video to prime users is a very powerful tool. But with great power comes great discrepancy.

We had a video that illustrated the advantages of contextual search. The video showed a guy searching for three things: Sushi, Skyfall, and Adele.

Here is the video:

10 Lessons I Learned from Pop Music

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For mean awesome human capital is the most basic ingredient for a company who wants to create a masterpiece product, much like an artist creating his lifetime exhibition.

1. GROOVE IS IN THE HEART
It’s one thing to throw around buzzwords like Agile and GTD, and a completely different thing to be able to create a work environment that actually promotes it. When in doubt, look for the triple Cs to guide you: Change, Communication, Creativity — eliminate bureaucracy to keep everyone open for change, encourage informal communications, and watch your company’s creativity-meter skyrocket.

How to Anticipate Users’ Needs before They’re Needed

“A contextual product understands the full story around a human experience, in order to bring users exactly what they want, with minimal interactionContext done right feels like your device finally gets you.”

Thoughts about contextual mobile product design shared on The Next Web by EverythingMe co-founder and CMO, Ami Ben David: http://tnw.co/1k7zaNf 

Anticipating Users Needs, Before The Needs Are Needed

Free Your Data, and Your Team Will Follow

The distance between your data and your team creates a glass ceiling that impedes their ability to succeed. If your startup is data driven, your people should be too.
How your data can empower your team

5 Reasons Musicians are THE BEST Teammates for your Startup

Looking around me I see a disproportionate percentage of musicians at EverythingMe, so I stopped and asked myself — Why musicians? Why so many?

The best.

* The writer of this post is a musician, music plays a lead role in her life, so she might be a little biased.

Visionaries

Music = Art = Creativity. I don’t need to explain this, right? In art, you create something out of nothing, so you think of the end result right from the first note. It takes inspiration and hard work. Have you ever seen the film Amadeus? Remember the part where he writes Confutatis? An entire partitur straight out of his head to the paper. While not all of us are Mozarts, we do share in the vision of something new.

Designing a Contextual Brand

The world is going contextual, there’s no doubt about it. Google Glass, mailbe.at and Aether Cone are just a few examples of how technology is now focused on delivering content based on our interests, habits, time and surroundings. Our very own EverythingMe Launcher actually turns your Android into a phone that delivers apps, people and information you need, right when you need them, every time you pick it up. Months ago, we decided that it’s time to align our visual branding and messaging to our product. The world of visual branding, however, has its own rules and prejudices in the form of do’s and don’ts for designers. This challenge led us on an exciting journey of creating a truly contextual brand identity for our launcher.

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