yesterday's technology tomorrow

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Over 8 years ago a group of people met for a drink on Christmas eve at Grossi Florentino to talk about starting a new company focused around online music. Well much much much water has passed under the bridge since that day with new staff, new co founders, new business models, new clients, the dot com crash, no clients, survival, patents, mobile shifts, new offices etc. until we find ourselves here today, in July 2007, where I am exceptionally pleased to announce that My company AgentArts has been acquired by Fast Search and Transfer.

Today has been a strange day, filled mixed emotions, but the strongest feelings I have experienced have been of gratefulness and humility. So many people I have worked with over the last 8 years have sent soo many kind words of congratulations to us.

Over the years we have had a lot of people who have helped us out at AgentArts but I want to single out a few people who have made a huge impact on my life in the last few years during a period of amazing growth for the company and myself.

Firstly, Suzette, Oskar and Jasmine; being able to spend time with you working at home, watching you grow and committing to AgentArts with your full support has made this all possible. Oskar and Jazzie - Your desire to play and enjoy life has so much rubbed off.

Second, Scott Smith, who for the last two years has been a guiding force and light in my life. From afar his impact on me, my energy and my direction has been so significant that I can barely imagine having achieved this result in such a fulfilling way without his mentoring.

Third, Ivelin Iliev, my tumbling instructor at Circus Oz in 2006, who helped me achieve things I had long wanted to do but never thought I would be capable of, especially in my mid 30s, and through which I improved my self confidence (not to mention my flexibility). While I tumbled only twice a week the lessons I learnt about mastering the basics, having confidence in your ability and developing a feel for your body have been invaluable in many areas of my life.

Last but not least, Andrew Coates my fellow founder of AgentArts; we have stood side by side for 8 years through thick and thin, the ups and downs, the arguments and the celebrations. I couldn't have done it without you.

To the many others who have been involved in AgentArts and my life over the last 10 years, thank you. I am so grateful to each and every one of you.

The adventure continues and we are all super excited about joining FAST.

This is not the beginning of the end but rather the end of the beginning. Let the play, fun and adventure continue!!!

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neuronwave is the personal site of Ben Hosken. I am the founder of Flink Labs, a data visualisation studio based in Melbourne. Previously I founded AgentArts, where I developed a recommendations system that we ultimately sold to MSFT.I have two patents, one in Recommendation Systems and one for a datamining algorithm I invented. I have a strong interest in physical computing, emergence, self organising systems, immersive games, bluetooth ad hoc networks and other fun things.
A while ago I built and ran Blog Change Bot - an AOL IM Bot which notified you when blogs you like are updated. I also built IcyPole, a bluetooth based P2P mobile phone app in 2004. With Suzette, I've built Playground Finder - a community contributed site for parents to find playgrounds nearby and while traveling for their kids to play in. Its a "playground" for my social, location, community and mobile interests.
I live in Melbourne with my wife Suzette, son Oskar Tex and my little girl Jasmine

Random Pile of Ben
Bodypump, Flink Labs, autumn weather, balance.

Downloads etc
The Best Bagel Recipe ever
iTunes XML structure
Photo of some of my best Panetones

Neuron EcoSystem
Flink Labs
oskartex.comOskar Tex
JasmineJasmine Aurora
Playground Finder


ben at neuronwave dot com