It's been over a year since Jim bid fairwell to the moderators and I really thought back then, that he was going to tell everyone thanks and goodbye. He never did. Members that have been active in ClixSense for many years, felt deceived. Well life changes and so does business. No matter what kind of a person Jim is, one thing we can all say, he was a very good admin at ClixSense and the reason why CS stayed a success for all those years. So today, since it has been over a year, I am breaking the silence and sharing with all of you, his goodbye to moderators:
by admin » Wed Jul 31, 2019 05:36
Mods, way back in 2010 when I bought this company I really had no clue on the path we would take or even how to run a business. But I quickly learned and knew we had to make changes to our current structure (at that time) to be successful. We added Payza and other payment processors and things really started to pickup. Fast forward 9 years (can you believe it?) and here we are, not even in the same niche and still going strong. Not only did I learn how to operate a successful business, but I learned that you cannot do this alone. The people around you are what help you to mold the business into what it has become. This includes my employees, Joao and Brian and of course, you mods!
With the removal of PTC 2 years ago, some really good things started happening. We started seeing a different type of person registering, our profits and revenue were still growing even without any advertising, upgrades or ClixGrid revenues. It also made ClixSense look more like a legit company, rather than just a PTC. With this new found image came other opportunities. Specifically, I received 3 offers from legitimate companies to purchase us and offers from venture capital companies to invest in us. 2 of those companies that were interested in an acquisition work in the survey space here in the USA but, this did not pan out.
Last September I was approached by yet another company for an acquisition, this time the company was not only a major player in the survey industry, but also competed with us directly. After many phone calls and emails, including a face to face meeting out in California with their entire team, they made an offer that I could not refuse. Hence, this is the reason for this message.
Today, July 31st, 2019 will be my last day at ClixSense, not only mine but Joao's and Brian too. And not to mention, it will also be your last day as a member of ClixSense. Tonight, July 31st at 11:59pm EST ClixSense will be taken offline and you will be transitioned to a new site, with a new name, new owners and yes Paypal. Not much will change in the way things look or how things operate. There will be new earning opportunities along with more surveys. Joao and Brian will remain on with the new company and the forum will also be transitioned so you will keep your mod positions.
I would like to personally thank all of you for your dedication and hard work you have done for me over the years. ClixSense has been my life for over 12 years and to see it going away hurts more than I could have imagined but I am glad all of you will be transitioned to a new brand site with a company that truly cares about it's members.
Some of you may be asking, what am I going to do now? Well, I will get to spend more time with my 2 grandsons and I will work a few days a week at the bowling alley, pool hall and restaurant that I own locally in my hometown. I will most likely travel a little more and just try to spend a little more time with my wife. As she put it, I have been married to my computer and I joked and told her that my computer and I were getting divorced...LOL.
I would like to also thank Joao for his dedication to ClixSense and his awesomeness! I met Joao way back in 2002 when he started working for me and even at that time I knew he was someone I wanted to keep around. His hard work and dedication to his job is unheard of. There would be days I would get on to work at 8am and he'd be on working away. I would get offline later that evening, some 12 hours later and he'd still be on working. I would ask him, hey it's late there, aren't you going to go to bed? He'd say, yeah pretty soon...lol. (there is a 5 hour time difference between Joao and I). Knowing that you will not work with someone that you've spent the better part of 20 years with is also very difficult. Joao, thank you for your 110% dedication to ClixSense and in helping us to be where we are today! You are a special friend that I am glad I have.
Please do not share anything that I've posted here as this is not public knowledge.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with all of you and you will never know how much I appreciate the time and effort you've given. I will miss you and wish you all the best.