I was told there would be cupcakes.
I had been a non-coding founder in a web start-up that failed, mostly due to slow development. I had previously programmed for research, but never for a web app. After this frustrating experience, I decided that I would just teach myself, so I could satisfy my own itch to build. I had been on Reddit since 2006, and HN for a couple of years, and had a pretty good feeling for what I liked about those sites, what I didn't, and why; so I decided to start in that neighborhood. Mostly, I wanted to build something that I would value, and to improve my skillset along the way.
When I started, I wasn't certain that Hubski would become the primary focus of my efforts. But, I love it, and it now is. I have no intention but to keep working on Hubski, and to continue to improve upon it.
I think a lot of people assume that I am looking to build an alternative to Reddit, or even to 'build a better Reddit.' That's not the case. My goal is to make Hubski something that I personally value, and something that enables a kind of interaction that we could use more of. I don't mind if certain aspects of Hubski make people consider it to be an alternative to Reddit or similar sites. But, I am most interested in what Hubski can be if we continue to develop with our own goals. I have plenty of ideas about where we can go, and I plan to keep moving forward on our own path.