Act III: Reviving TAZZU
Many suns have risen and set since the inception of TAZZU back in 2006.
ACT I: Humble Beginnings
Being a business owner myself I empathized with other entrepreneurs wishing to run a successful business, and trying to generate leads for employment opportunities.
In 2004 I discovered the power of networking.
Attending networking breakfasts, and engaging in online communities and participating in events opened up a new world of opportunity and resource. One where I could contribute to, and receive from other business owners.
It was this awakening in 2006 that led me to create the TAZZU Networking Forums. With the forum built, 21 invitations sent, and the support of 4 amazing moderators, a safe environment was created for the members to network, exchange ideas, and ultimately make connections that could grow their businesses. It wasn't long before we had a thriving & vibrant networking community!
ACT II: The Rise & Fall
In 2007 I partnered up with my dear friend Rastin of rmd Studio and incorporated: TAZZU Networking Ltd. Together, with the AMAZING support of TAZZU Members, we began to grow. We held many "face-to-face" networking events, turn out was typically stellar!
In 2008 TAZZU sponsored (along with other companies) WordPress Camp, Joomla DemoCamp, Joomla DocCamp, and ultimately JoomlaDay Vancouver. TAZZU was in da house.
What led to the fall of TAZZU was purely accidental. Technology has a way of changing the course of destiny. While performing a routine software upgrade we encountered an issue, which caused major data loss and irreparable damage to the TAZZU Forum.
Salvaging what we could, we rebuilt TAZZU, only months later to have a server crash - ALL was lost. On April 11th, 2011 and with mixed emotions, Rastin and I announced the legal dissolution of TAZZU Networking Ltd. It seemed that TAZZU was not meant to be.
ACT III: Reviving TAZZU
While technology had not been kind to TAZZU, what I'd quickly learned was there was no keeping the loyal TAZZU Membership down.
Since the dissolution of TAZZU I'd received many requests to keep TAZZU going. My heart was in complete agreement with the Members, but I was sure their patience had been tried beyond its limits. I was positive 2011 had dealt TAZZU a fateful T.K.O.
And yet many Members still stand firm. So, with the support & encouragement of YOU - the remarkable, resilient and tenacious TAZZU Members - and with a personal renewed passion for the original vision, I've decided to revive TAZZU.
Now more than ever, I believe in the power of community, and in the kind of strength that comes when people band together for something they believe in. Thank you everyone for not letting the passion die. I will do my best with your help to ensure that TAZZU lives on.
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