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Jun 26, 2008, 12:15 PM
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Heya all,

I've got some important news to share today. Dropzone.com has a new owner: an internet company called NameMedia which, among other things, specializes in running online communities and "enthusiast sites". This marks an exciting new phase for the site because for this first time there is a real strong arm to support the site and propel it to the next level. NameMedia is a remarkable company and has an impressive list of success stories with community sites. Above all they have a real appreciation for the uniqueness and variety of characters that make up our community of skydivers. Not to mention that they have "real" technical support staff (with pagers!) and designers and content people and all sorts of other goodies that Daniel (my partner) and I only pretended to have. Wink

So what will change? Well, not too much in the next few months. I will continue to run the site, working with the existing team of moderators as before. As far as management and day-to-day operations are concerned there are really no immediate changes. Within a year however I anticipate becoming regular user of the site, as NameMedia will appoint a full-time replacement to take over the day-to-day operations.

After a while you may notice some improvements as we start to leverage NameMedia's resources. This could include fresher content with more frequent updates (e.g. articles, news), better site performance, faster responses and better resolutions to issues and bugs, some enhancements being implemented, and ads that are more targeted to our community.

Ultimately, the strategic direction of Dropzone.com is in NameMedia's hands and you should expect to see gradual phased changes. NameMedia understands perfectly well that community sites are first and foremost about the communities. They will involve you in the change process and invite your feedback and advice.

OK, so why did I sell? For two reasons:
  1. Because my personal priorities have changed. Both Daniel and I have families and children (on the way) now and a need for more consistency and security than what is offered by running a website as a semi-professional-skunkworks-two-man-show with very little capital. BTW, this change also applies to our other two sites: Rockclimbing.com and BASEjumper.com.

  2. Because we got a good offer from a buyer whom we consider a really good fit and a worthy guardian. While I've never put the site up for sale, over the years we've had dozens of offers. This one stuck out.
For those of you who have more questions or want more answers, se the FAQs below.




NameMedia Acquisition FAQs


What else can you tell us about NameMedia? What else do they do?

NameMedia is located in Waltham, MA and has two divisions: One part of what they do is buy and sell domain names and they've been doing this since 1999. Separate from the domain side of the business is the "enthusiast site" division which was started in 2007. This is what Dropzone.com will become part of.
Here are some other communities that the own and manage: http://www.namemedia.com/adventure/

What about the Moderators?
The Moderators are still in their same roles and will continue doing what they are doing now for as long as they choose. NameMedia will look at me to find somebody from within this community to take over the leadership role in the forums, and the moderators will always come from the community. Nothing will change there.

What kinds of changes is NameMedia going to make to Dropzone.com?

Over the short term youre not going to see any dramatic changes. NameMedia are not migrating the entire site onto their own platform or changing the entire design and technology backend overnight. They are continuing to host these sites with Gossamer Threads my hosting partner for many years and will keep them involved in the technology development.

This is not to say there wont be changes in the future, there will be. NameMedia, like any business will make strategic decisions about where to position and how to evolve this site and aim to continually improve and grow their membership and in the process earn your trust and loyalty. They assure me that any change will be evolutionary and not revolutionary. They have no intention of suddenly repainting the house and moving all the furniture around

Theyre gonna want to make more money from Dropzone.com, right?

Of course. But this does not have to be a bad thing. One of the big reasons why we felt NameMedia was a great fit for Dropzone.com is that they believe in monetizing in the right way. Preserving the integrity of the user experience might take more thought, creativity and effort but its always a better idea than making a quick buck and driving away loyal site visitors.

NameMedia has strong existing relationships with many adventure and outdoor related brands. They also have relationships and access to ad agencies and networks that specialize in serving ads targeted to specific demographics and verticals. NameMedia is in a much stronger position than I ever was to negotiate quality and relevant advertising that will enhance the site and user experience rather that diminish it.

Are they going to flood us with pop-ups?

No theyre not. You know how I feel about pop-up ads. Feel free to visit any of their other enthusiast sites and youll see there are no pop-ups on any of them.

Are they going to sell my email address and read my PMs ?

No theyre not. NameMedia will have a clear published Privacy Statement just like we have now. They know very well how people feel about privacy and spam and have no desire to diminish the value of their investment by alienating the community that sustains this site. Please give them the benefit of the doubt.

Are they going to make Dropzone.com a pay-only site?

NameMedia believes, as I do, that a website needs to be setup in such a way that people can access the information freely without having to pay or else it's not going to succeed.

I've read all of the Q&As and I'm still worried. Is that OK?

Of course this is ok. I was wary and I can understand that you may be wary. I have flown to the US and met with their leadership team in person and I can tell you that after many conversations with NameMedia and with people just like me who had their community acquired by NameMedia, that I trust that they have Dropzone.coms best interests in mind and that have a great philosophy about how things should be done. They are not perfect and may make some mistakes during the transition process or along the way. I ask that you give them the benefit of the doubt and send them your feedback, they want to hear it.

Finally please keep in mind that for the next year at least, I will still be running this site as before. See me as the gatekeeper. Ill keep you posted on everything that may be coming your way down the pipeline. Smile


Thanatos340  (B 27588)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:25 PM
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First Off.. Congratz and thanks for you have done over the years. We do appreciate the place you built for us to come together.

Secondly... FUCK!! We went Corporate. There go the Boobies.Unsure


tombuch  (D 8514)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Congratulations!

Your efforts to build this site (and BASE Jumper/Rock Climbing) have been greatly appreciated, and have certainly had a powerful impact on the development of the sport. Skydivers have a stronger and broader community today because of your commitment.

Id like you to do one extra thing for me before you move on. Take your right hand and touch your left shoulder blade. Now, go ahead and pat yourself on the back. You have helped to improve a small part of the world, and should be proud.

Thanks.


Dumpster  (D 27314)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:39 PM
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Secondly... FUCK!! We went Corporate. There go the Boobies.


No Boobies !!?? That's just NOT RIGHT !!

And as an echo to others - Thanks mil - HH ROCKS!!!

Let us hear it folks....

HIM, HIM.......


(This post was edited by Dumpster on Jun 26, 2008, 12:45 PM)


livendive  (D 21415)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:48 PM
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Congrats! You built something pretty cool and got a good offer for it. Cool

Now when does this become a damn democracy? Sly

Blues,
Dave


klingeme  (D 24728)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:55 PM
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Are they aware of the needs of the DZOs and manufacturers, and will changes to those parts of the site still be as easy as they currently are? Every time I have had to have a change to the UPT (or RWS) area on the site, it has been very easy, and I would hope that the information about who represents the different DZ's and Manufacturers will be passed along so that they (we) can continue to use this site to educate consumers.

BTW Congratulations on the payoff for all your years of service to the global skydiving world. DZ.com has been a very valuable resource for skydivers, and I hope they maintain your standard for being the (most of the time) first and last stop for anything anyone would want to know about our sport. They have VERY large shoes to fill.

Mark Klingelhoefer


pilotdave  (D License)

Jun 26, 2008, 12:58 PM
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Ask them if they want SkydivingMovies.com too! I want to sell out!!! Tongue

Congrats though! I know it's private information but HOW MUCH YA GETTING??? C'mon...

Dave


Darius11  (C License)

Jun 26, 2008, 1:06 PM
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Congratulations, and thank you. I have made many friends here, and still remember how helpful this site and the people on it were when I first started to jump.


shropshire  (C License)

Jun 26, 2008, 1:08 PM
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Damn..... now it really is a yank site - there goes the neighbourhoodFrownTongue


wildblue  (D 26027)

Jun 26, 2008, 1:19 PM
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Congrats HH! Happy for ya. Do you get a gold fork when you retire?

Good luck with the family thing. Smile


377  (F 666)

Jun 26, 2008, 1:23 PM
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Congrats Sangiro! You have built a really great website and deserve to finally make some serious money for all your efforts. Hope the new owners can keep the flavor and spirit intact.

Thanks for what you have given us. Getting skydivers working together in an organized and disciplined manner in a free environment like dropzone.com must be like herding cats, but you (and especially your moderators) did it!

I also think this website may have saved some lives. The Incidents forum and wise advice from experienced jumpers and riggers have probably prevented a few newbies from biting off more than they could chew on canopy choices, camera flying, swoops etc.

377


(This post was edited by 377 on Jun 26, 2008, 1:27 PM)


Scrumpot  (D License)

Jun 26, 2008, 2:07 PM
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Sniff, sniff... All the way from little "Sangiro's Synergy" (back in the day)...

Some of us remember. TongueAngelic
Hopefully, none of us will have to mourn.

Sounds like you've done your best though, to remain true to your convictions my friend, which some of us are witness to now for YEARS. Even in this - the event of your "selling out".

Best of wishes and regards to you, as always, and for what you have done, and brought to us here - that so many have probably even just taken "for granted". Know though too, that some of us have "recognized", and we pay our tributes, and our "props".

BLUE SKIES!
-Grant


ACMESkydiver  (B License)

Jun 26, 2008, 2:28 PM
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Damn..... now it really is a yank site - there goes the neighbourhoodFrownTongue


Devil



Congrats Sangiro et al.


Gawain  (D 29213)

Jun 26, 2008, 3:04 PM
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Well, congratulations! I hope they gave you a fair price and you'll take a vacation for a month or two.

I'm very happy for you, but I'm a bit sad about it too. It's the beginning of the end of an era. Unsure


mouth  (D 24383)

Jun 26, 2008, 3:34 PM
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Can we still call you "Head Honcho"??????


bloody_trauma  (B License)

Jun 26, 2008, 3:52 PM
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This reminds me of Office Space and the meeting with "The Bob's"


CSpenceFLY  (D 25252)

Jun 26, 2008, 4:00 PM
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Congrads and thanks for everything you have done to make this site what it was.Wink


Nightingale  (B 26984)

Jun 26, 2008, 4:02 PM
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Are the community type forums going to remain visible to members only or will they be visible to the general public again?


turtlespeed

Jun 26, 2008, 4:08 PM
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This reminds me of Office Space and the meeting with "The Bob's"

It was the spiders wasn't it?Unimpressed

Does this mean that Walt and Funks can come back?LaughAngelic

Good on ya. You worked hard on this and now you get to reap the benifits.

Will the mods get paid now?

What is the answer to life the universe and everything?

What color am I?


AggieDave  (D License)

Jun 26, 2008, 5:02 PM
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Take care my friend, hopefully we'll bump into each other at a boogie again some time. Enjoy your new adventures!


bloody_trauma  (B License)

Jun 26, 2008, 6:29 PM
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thats gotta be wierd...

TurtleSpeed: Hi there
Sangiro: Hi I own Dropzone.com...
TurtleSpeed: What ever you read in my PM's on 5/12/07, It was just an experiment. and i didn't enjoy it.Unimpressed

Where did that name come from anyways? what exactly is a Sangiro?


boinky  (B License)

Jun 26, 2008, 6:35 PM
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Congratulations, HH!!! Smile

Does this mean that those that met their significant others here on dz.com, need to pay you your pimp fees before you leave? Wink

Seriously though, I hope that the new company doesn't come in and change how you have things set up. While The Bonfire can get quite crazy sometimes, for the most part it's still a fun, friendly group of people. And it gives all of us somewhere to let off some steam Angelic (or show some boobies). Devil We thank you for allowing us that opportunity!

Good luck in the future and with your family. Smile


squirrel  (D 26924)

Jun 26, 2008, 7:07 PM
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all i want to know is....how much? and i mean that in a good way. building and selling businesses is great...really.


StreetScooby

Jun 26, 2008, 7:29 PM
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In reply to:
TurtleSpeed: What ever you read in my PM's on 5/12/07, It was just an experiment. and i didn't enjoy it.

ROFLMAO!!!

Congratulations, and thanks, sangiro! Smile


denete  (B 33880)

Jun 26, 2008, 7:30 PM
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Thank you for putting this site together, and continuing to work on it for years until it became what it is today. It might not be the next MySQL, but it is very important for us. I did my first searches on skydiving here. I did my first bit of learning about how I should avoid certain companies. I learned a lot before I ever jumped from a plane, thanks to you building and maintaining this site. At SkyFest, I noticed that after meeting someone new, the first question was "are you on dropzone.com" or "what's your name on dropzone"?

Thank you Sangrio. I may never meet you in person, but if you were to tour drop zones in the USA, all you would have to do is introduce yourself and you'd probably see a free jump ticket in your hands.

Thank you again. I hope things stay the same...as they change.

- David


SmoothAl  (B 24266)

Jun 26, 2008, 8:33 PM
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Congratulations, good luck, and thank you for dz.com!

SA Cool


bigway

Jun 26, 2008, 9:02 PM
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NameMedia will look at me to find somebody from within this community to take over the leadership role in the forums

That sounds like something Billvon would be ideal for.


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Jun 26, 2008, 10:31 PM
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NameMedia will look at me to find somebody from within this community to take over the leadership role in the forums

That sounds like something Billvon would be ideal for.

Well, he IS PostWhore #1 now. Nobody is ever going to catch him as long as he keeps posting at his current rate. Tongue

He needs to trademark that favorite phrase of his though - "your one warning". Laugh


lewmonst  (D 24575)

Jun 26, 2008, 10:59 PM
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Well, well, well.... look who's the sell-out. Tongue

I still luv ya. Congrats W.

Are you going to disneyland now? if you are, you better stop by and say hi!

Karen


jdobleman  (D 7790)

Jun 26, 2008, 11:00 PM
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Ok, but can you get me to Madjohn instead of jdobleman before you leave? It's been over a year.

Congrats on making a successful site that really worked for the community.

madjohn


Erroll

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Where did that name come from anyways? what exactly is a Sangiro?


See here.
Smile



Well done, Willem. You've come a long way! WinkWinkWink


PLFKING  (C 32743)

Jun 27, 2008, 3:48 AM
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What they said, especially about this being a fantastic source of information for beginning jumpers and for making them think.....I know it was for me.

You should take a huge amount of pride in what you've accomplished with this site over the years.

Enjoy the next stage of your life.


Don


leroydb  (D 25743)

Jun 27, 2008, 4:03 AM
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Does this mean you will actually post a photo of your[monkey]self on here?

congrats and have a [beer]


wmw999  (D 6296)

Jun 27, 2008, 4:45 AM
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With a real baby of your own coming along, you sure don't need 10,000 babies here Tongue

Good luck, and we'll try to keep soldiering without you Cool

Wendy W.


micduran  (C 35982)

Jun 27, 2008, 5:27 AM
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Congratulations to you. I do hope you got everything you wanted out of the deal.
This site has been a big influence in a lot of people's lives. Mine included.
I shake my head at some of the people and a LOT of the posts. It always made me wonder why you and the mods kept it going.
Then I skip that stuff and read on and can see why.
Enjoy your family and your life.


mustard  (D 14580)

Jun 27, 2008, 5:40 AM
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I shake my head at some of the people and a LOT of the posts. It always made me wonder why you and the mods kept it going.
Then I skip that stuff and read on and can see why.

I agree. Thank you, Sangiro. I wear my DZ.com t-shirts with the cool logo proudly at the DZ and at boogies. I keep my head down and lurk here a lot. I read my favorite sections religiously, skip the rest and occasionally post but usually stay out of the fray.

One could get lost in here, but I take what I want and leave the rest. I have my favorite posters and my least favorites, and I salute you for giving us this well-organized space.


skr  (D 981)

Jun 27, 2008, 8:00 AM
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Thanks Sangiro.

Skr


Vallerina  (C License)

Jun 27, 2008, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for everything you've done to create a site full of information and that's helped me stay entertained during regular business hours Tongue

Wishing you and your family well! Smile


ZegeunerLeben

Jun 27, 2008, 4:23 PM
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>>Since you've decided to be a sell-out, do you have any plans for compensating the people who've supported you finacially over the years? Or are you just gong to take the money and run?


BIGUN  (D 23385)

Jun 27, 2008, 4:46 PM
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Since you've decided to be a sell-out, do you have any plans for compensating the people who've supported you finacially over the years? Or are you just gong to take the money and run?

Assuming you intentionally left off the sarcasm face... You're way out of line here. Most of the people who gave money either as donations, advertising, or as subscribers did so as a choice and in the knowledge that there were many early years HH supported this entire machine out of his own pocket... When you choose to subscribe to a magazine, or a cell service, or a cable service and they decide to sell, do you get any proceeds?

On a separate note... A place to meet many people online first and make friends with later; a place to stay in touch, a place to learn, to sometimes be humbled and to share for seven years; and for that, I thank you, HH.


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RevJim  (C 33989)

Jun 28, 2008, 11:14 PM
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Snif, snif. I'm sad, and I don't know why. I missed Sangiro's Synergy, but did manage to show up here in '01 sometime, and managed to get on your bad side right away, knowing my friends were people like Treetop and Peanut4040. I never meant to tick you off, which I seriously hope you know.

It was great meeting you in Rantoul. Putting a face to the name, and being able to talk seriously, which at the time I admit was hard for me to do here, really brought the reality to this site. It's not just keyboards typing random crap (for the most part), it's real people. Real skydivers (again, for the most part), and some of the best friends I've ever had, and truely believe I will EVER have.

Thank you, Willem. Without you and this site, there are literally dozens of people I would not be able to call a close, personal friend, and hundreds I would have not met.

Really.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You!


Scrumpot  (D License)

Jun 30, 2008, 9:46 AM
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Hey Jim! ...Glad to see you're still around!! - Wow! Wink

Many of us who came from the old "wreck-dot" had the propensity it seemed to tick folks off in here. I know myself as well, took quite a while to become "acclimated" Angelic for sure. But as one survived, and the other passed on, well... I'm not telling you anything here either.

Ahh, yes... Nostalgia. It just aint what it used to be! Tongue

-Grant
Member FKA "Orange Splat" Wreck-dot, and Sangiro's Synergy


BillyVance  (D 18895)

Jun 30, 2008, 9:03 PM
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Hey Jim! ...Glad to see you're still around!! - Wow! Wink

Many of us who came from the old "wreck-dot" had the propensity it seemed to tick folks off in here. I know myself as well, took quite a while to become "acclimated" Angelic for sure. But as one survived, and the other passed on, well... I'm not telling you anything here either.

Ahh, yes... Nostalgia. It just aint what it used to be! Tongue

-Grant
Member FKA "Orange Splat" Wreck-dot, and Sangiro's Synergy

Same here.... Same here.... LaughLaughLaugh


Cornholio  (D License)

Jul 2, 2008, 10:34 AM
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Well, well, well.... look who's the sell-out. Tongue

I still luv ya. Congrats W.

My thoughts exactly. I think the motto "A skydiver site run by skydivers" will soon turn to an ad-ridden corporate sponsorship (much worse than it is now.) But you gotta do what you gotta do, so good for you and I hope this works out for you and all of us members.

So.... which skydiver is going to start dropzone2.com ? CoolTongue


Conundrum

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Is the info on this page accurate at all?

http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.dropzone.com

If it is, you made a nice profit! Cool


DangerRoo  (A 53842)

Jul 3, 2008, 7:06 PM
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SmileSmile Thanks and Congrats HH!

Although I havent been here near as long as most, I have made it my home and love the family it shares.
This site has also been a fantastic way for me to meet fellow skydivers from far off places and get information.

THANK YOU so very much

Wink


tdog  (D 28800)

Jul 5, 2008, 8:34 PM
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Is the info on this page accurate at all?

http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.dropzone.com

If it is, you made a nice profit! Cool

I plugged in 5 of the websites I have worked on, and I can say, they have it all wrong! I don't have a single ad, yet I make, per that site, money every day!


MichaelMoore  (F 911)

Jul 7, 2008, 7:23 AM
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>>Since you've decided to be a sell-out, do you have any plans for compensating the people who've supported you finacially over the years? Or are you just gong to take the money and run?

I think hes cashing-out. I dont blame him. Running this site has got to be a total bitch.

I first stumbled across this little website whilst surfing the perpetual ass-ends of cyberspace.

It was a nice distraction from the usual shit I was into at the time.

Good luck Sanjero.


ChromeBoy

Jul 7, 2008, 5:32 PM
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Sangiro,

Thank you for providing us with the friendships, entertainment and the partnerships that you did. Those of us that were around from the beginning know you are not a "sell out" and we wish you well with your future endeavors.

Thank you for all you did and we look forward to seeing you post when you are not the owner. Although I am sure your posts will stay consistent.

I do want to see you you "Scratch a Sleeping Lions Balls With A Hot Fork!!!!!"

Tongue


(This post was edited by ChromeBoy on Jul 7, 2008, 5:35 PM)


labrys  (D 29848)

Jul 7, 2008, 6:40 PM
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do you have any plans for compensating the people who've supported you finacially over the years?

Post evidence that you've provided finacial support. Then post your bank account info Wink

I'll be happy to refund your investments


MikeMcLean  (D 26269)

Jul 8, 2008, 6:46 AM
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>>Since you've decided to be a sell-out, do you have any plans for compensating the people who've supported you finacially over the years? Or are you just gong to take the money and run?

Oh but don't you remember from a month or two ago where certain people argued that user-generated content sites don't generate value, are the hardest to run, etc.

At least we now know the motivation behind the huge crackdown on "fun" in Bonfire Frown


Premier SkymonkeyONE  (D 12501)

Jul 11, 2008, 7:20 AM
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From someone who was there at the very beginning, all I can say is that I am happy you finally profitted from the site. Take it easy, brother.


airtwardo  (D License)

Jul 13, 2008, 8:55 AM
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...a need for more consistency and security than what is offered by running a website as a semi-professional-skunkworks-two-man-show with very little capital.



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You say that like it's a BAD thing! Wink


Congrats HH on the deal...good things do happen to good people.


LuvToFly

Jul 15, 2008, 11:54 PM
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Best of luck, and thanks for all your work !


robskydiv  (D 26660)

Nov 26, 2008, 9:51 PM
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Ya know, After reading the announcement, Sangiro, it made me realize that I've never thanked you for facilitating this web site. It's kind of nice to have a place to go and read about, talk about similar experiences that many people around you do not share. So thanks for making Dropzone.com a pretty cool place to visit for the few of us who enjoy our sport. Harry


ChileRelleno  (D 24868)

Dec 5, 2008, 2:56 PM
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Yo mano,
I've always appreciated DZ.com and the site has helped so many to further their knowledge of the sport and formed a great community.
You guys have done a awesome job in creating special places for us adrenaline junkies.

I'm happy to hear that the new owners have your confidence and I'm happy to see family taking the front seat in your lives.

Once again, thank you.


gelliebean

Dec 20, 2010, 6:01 AM
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thanks for updating us :D

Merry Christmas^^

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http://www.skydiverinsurance.com/


JohnRich  (D License)

Dec 20, 2010, 9:02 AM
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thanks for updating us :D

Merry Christmas^^

_____________________

http://www.skydiverinsurance.com/

You're spending a lot of time running around reviving years-old threads, by appending pointless comments.

This is really all about just advertising your insurance business, isn't it?

Do you realize that this is against the forum rules?


simon021

Jan 27, 2011, 7:59 PM
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Not to mention his site says

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But there are still risks even though tandem skydiving is the safest way to skydive.

Anyone going around advertising that tandems are the safest way to skydive is most definitely not going to get my business.

Anyways, Thanks a lot Sangiro! I'm newly lurking here over the past year or so, and want to thank you for all the hard work you have put into this website. I work for an ISP and I have some appreciation for what it takes to run something of this caliber, both financially, and personally.

Good to see that you obviously have your priorities strait with the family. I wish the best of luck to you in all your future endeavors.


Andy9o8  (D License)

Jan 30, 2011, 5:50 AM
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Not to mention his site says

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But there are still risks even though tandem skydiving is the safest way to skydive.

Anyone going around advertising that tandems are the safest way to skydive is most definitely not going to get my business.

That particular sentence wasn't worded well; but if you look at the context of the entire page, and not just that one sentence, it's pretty obvious that he's talking about the safest way to skydive for first-time jumpers. I know many instructors who I respect greatly who agree with that narrow point.


simon021

Jan 30, 2011, 6:21 AM
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In reply to:
Not to mention his site says

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But there are still risks even though tandem skydiving is the safest way to skydive.

Anyone going around advertising that tandems are the safest way to skydive is most definitely not going to get my business.

That particular sentence wasn't worded well; but if you look at the context of the entire page, and not just that one sentence, it's pretty obvious that he's talking about the safest way to skydive for first-time jumpers. I know many instructors who I respect greatly who agree with that narrow point.

Point taken, Andy. I can also agree with that narrow point. I went back and read through it again, and it doesn't make it sound much like I had initially thought it sounded. My apologies.

I just think that kind of marketing is what gives people the false sense of security on tandom rides. I guess that phrase just kind of irks me a bit.

I'm new around here and this is only my humble opinion, and in no way am I intending on arguing with you. I usually stay pretty quiet ;)


alisontin

Feb 27, 2011, 11:51 PM
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This thread is really informative and helpful that's why I'm really glad that I have joined this thread.


SaltyDude

Mar 26, 2011, 5:12 PM
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Trying to find Larry Arcadi that used to be on the USS Wabash in the Navy, early 70s. We're having a ships reunion the last weekend of April 2011 in Wabash Indiana. A lot of the guys Larry sailed with are going. Please let him know. A bunch of us went skydiving with him in Calif. back then. I think it was Antioch? Thanks, Pat Lovetro.
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