Me.dium’s Way Above The Norm Week

I was trying to come up with a clever title for the superb week that Me.dium had, but I lamed out.  Me.dium had their public launch this week at Demo (although they are still in a controlled user rollout as one of the extremely hard challenges in what they are trying to do is to infinitely scale the service.)  Kimbal Musk – the CEO – gave a great demo at Demo.

I was neutral to positive that Demo would be the best place to launch.  I was wrong – it turned out to be spectacular.  The initial feedback has been great:

As I was writing this post and surfing around to collect the sites, one of my Me.dium friends (brandonh) opened a chat window within Me.dium with the following.


All those other links are here on

Me.dium is one of those special companies that gets better every week.  I committed to participating in the financing in the first meeting I had with them and have never regretted it.  They’ve assembled an incredible team and have just blown away all my expectations in terms of what they have built so far.  It’s still really early – the stuff in development is incredible (hint: look for something fun on my blog soon.)  Me.dium was one of the hottest Boulder companies to get funded in 2006 – it’s living up to its billing.

If you want to join and see what it’s about, you can get an invite via my link code.  You need to be using Firefox (the IE plugin will be out next month) and remember that the invites are still being rationed out to make sure they handle scaling effectively.

  • I’ve been a member of Me.dium for about three days, but have yet to be able to get onto the system. Every time I try, I get the following message:

    Me.dium is experiencing a high number of users at this time. You will receive an email when your account is fully activated. Thanks for your patience. See you in Me.dium soon!

    Oh well, hopefully I’m able to get on soon.

  • Stephen – you are in the “signed up but not yet authorized queue.” The login in message is not as clear as it could be – I’ve suggested a change to “Thanks for signing up for Me.dium. There are X people ahead of you in the authorization queue. We are authorizing people as fast as we feel that we can while still maintaining a great user experience. Thanks for being patient.”

    Scaling this service is an amazingly difficult challenge. The guys at Me.dium have consciously decided to throttle authorizations rather than have it wide open and constantly falling over because of load. They are making progress each week on scale – 10x improvements are happening regularly right now, but it’s a function of actually stressing the system and understanding where the choke points are.

    I’ve been involved in a number of companies that had massive scale ramp ups. This is the most challenging I’ve ever seen in terms of what it is trying to do.

  • I am watching you from me.dium right now! Hi Brad, I like your post, I reviewed me.dium and found it just as you described. I expected, as I am sure you did, that they might have a traffic jam, but I think they kicked in the new server. Phil