Thank you buySAFE!

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Today, I am starting a new chapter in my entrepreneurial story. It is with both a bit of sadness and a lot of excitement that I share with you the news that I have left buySAFE to pursue other start-up and entrepreneurial interests. In addition, I have joined buySAFE’s Board of Advisors so that I can continue to assist the company in whatever fashion is necessary.  Click here to see buySAFE's announcement on the buySAFE blog.

After almost nine years of building buySAFE, I am leaving the Company in very capable hands, with fresh funding, and the brightest future that the Company has ever had. It has been a deeply satisfying experience to create something valuable, and I want to sincerely thank our customers, our partners, my colleagues and the many investors who made buySAFE possible. I am obviously looking forward to my next adventure, but I am also very much looking forward to buySAFE’s continued success over the coming months and years.

I founded buySAFE after getting burned in an online transaction on eBay. As a student, I didn’t have any extra money to lose to ecommerce fraudsters, and so I decided that there had to be a better way to buy and sell products online. buySAFE was born!

This adventure started for me while I was earning my MBA at Wharton in 2000, and as with all start-ups, there have been huge successes and great challenges. For me, both have proven to be invaluable learning experiences.

Developing buySAFE’s early business/technology plan, acquiring our major financial institution and strategic partners (including two major strategic partners to be announced in the coming months), and raising our $30 million in venture capital financing were all challenges that I ultimately found to be great learning experiences. Over time, I was able to lead almost every aspect of buySAFE’s business operations, and all of these experiences were amazing for me personally and professionally. I plan to share with you many of the lessons I learned at buySAFE over the coming months.

Perhaps the thing I am most proud of at buySAFE is our team. Early on, I recruited Jeff Grass, Tim Woda, and Hans Dreyer to buySAFE. Today, Jeff is buySAFE’s CEO, Tim is the VP – Sales, and Hans is the VP – Operations. They are the core of our team even to this day. The rest of our team is amazing as well, and it has been a pleasure working with each and every one of them.

I never intended to spend almost a decade working on my Wharton class project, but along the way, buySAFE provided me with an amazing opportunity to make great friends, to learn important new skills, and to see that anything is possible with persistence and creativity. It also taught me that you can’t build a company by yourself.

Although I could never hope to name all of the folks that deserve my thanks, I wish I could. A few folks in particular – my wife, my brother, and buySAFE’s employees, customers, investors, and advisors – have all obviously been invaluable to both me and buySAFE. To all of you, thank you! I sincerely appreciate your investments in time, capital, expertise, and support. There would be no buySAFE without you.

As far as the next chapter in my entrepreneurial story, I am not ready to share the details quite yet, but please stay tuned. I will share my adventures with you here on my blog, so if you are interested, please make sure to subscribe using the form below.

Thank you buySAFE!

Related posts:

"Steve Woda, Founder and Chairman of buySAFE, Pursues New Entrepreneurial Ventures" on the buySAFE blog

"Founder of buySAFE, Steve Woda, Steps Down" on AuctionBytes.com

6 thoughts on “Thank you buySAFE!

  1. Alex Brutin

    Hey Steve,
    Best of luck with the new venture and curious to see what you do next. You “class project” is in great hands.
    Alex Brutin

  2. Steve,
    Thanks for putting more grey hairs in my head today.
    Has it really been almost a decade since you started buySAFE?!?
    As I’m writing this I’m looking at my buySAFE Seller Advisory Board Member glass plaque that I’ve had and I can’t believe the time has flown by so fast.
    I’ve enjoyed working with you and helping spread the message through my eBay training websites and newsletters.
    I’ll miss our chances to catch-up at “eBay LIVE”. I especially enjoyed our conversation at the Meet & Greet in Boston back a few years ago. Your combination of big picture vision, ability to identify trends, and vast industry contacts is a great advantage that will serve you well.
    No doubt you have plenty of ideas to work with for future projects. 🙂
    Keep in touch, and much success in whatever direction you go next.
    Mike Enos
    eBay guru, buySAFE user, and founder of
    http://www.PlatinumPowerSeller.com,
    http://www.AuctionTNT.com,
    http://www.InstantNicheMaker.com

  3. Marjie, Mike, Clarissa, Alex and Koe,
    Thank you so much for the nice comments! I sincerely appreciate it. I have also enjoyed working with all of you over the last few years, and of course, I hope to do so again at some point in the future.
    I will certainly share my plans with you over the coming months. As always, your feedback will undoubtedly be valuable. 🙂
    Keep in touch!
    Steve

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