Wayne (l) and Robby (r) with Newsweek's Steven Levy
Zenter founders (and new Google employees) Wayne Crosby and Robby Walker moved to Mountain View last January to found Zenter. In the 3 months that followed, they worked around the clock on their web-based presentation software, writing over 40,000 lines of code. At Y Combinator’s Demo Day, they were one of the startups that generated the most interest among investors. They each dropped 15 lbs. in the process (I think unintentionally) because they lived almost exclusively on frozen dinners.
The Zenters created a very impressive product in a short amount of time. This wasn’t too surprising because they seemed promising from the start: they were talented hackers, they were extremely focused, and they were building a product that they themselves would use.
But the pair had another important quality that is sometimes undervalued in cofounders: Wayne and Robby were good friends who had worked together before. And they are extremely upstanding people. Despite its relatively short existence, Zenter (like most startups) had its share of ups and downs. Wayne and Robby’s friendship helped carry them through some stressful moments.
The news is particularly pleasing to us since we were shocked to learn, a few weeks after the founders had moved to Mountain View, that Wayne’s wife was back in Arizona expecting their first child. (Wayne and Christi had a baby boy in May!)
I’m really excited for Wayne and Robby-- congrats guys!