Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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AshrelliottSpokeland Bike Co-Op

I joined a group in 2009 working towards starting a community bike shop. It took two years of meetings once a week to get the co-op started, mostly because the democratic process is difficult. The co-op is non-profit, is sponsored currently by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, and is very successful.

My advice would be to put aside at least a year to get it started, get together a team of like minded individuals, and keep the core group very small to start. Make sure the talents of your team are varied and that everyone gets heard in terms of the direction the non-profit is going. The paperwork is going to be the hardest part to get done, as it takes a long time to file and get response back. That’s why Spokeland is sponsored, so that they could be non-profit while they wait for their non-profit status to be approved. 15 months ago

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