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Derek's Farewell

Derek F
June 3, 2021

Hi everyone,

Today is the last day for Stardust, and I didn’t want to let that go by without saying goodbye. While I’m sad that we are shutting down, it has been a fun journey from when we first came up with the concept more than four years ago.  

Thanks for being such a fun, interesting and lovely group of people, and making Stardust the place it has been. One of my priorities from the beginning was to make Stardust a platform for positive discussion of movies & TV, and not at all a place for trolls & negativity. I’m stoked that we knocked it out of the park on that one, and so many of you have told us how much Stardust helped you feel confident in expressing yourselves online in a way you never previously thought you would.

[Watch Derek's farewell reaction video]

Building a social media startup is tough and full of challenges. But it’s also been very gratifying to see how much you guys loved using the platform. I really loved scrolling through the app and seeing all your awesome reactions and reviews, and I think it’s awesome that so many of you have made real and lasting friendships with people you have met on here.

I do want to say a special thank you to all of the Stardust team, and others that have contributed to the project along the way: Leon, Swade, Josh, Zach, Geoff, Larry, Christine, Jake, Nick, Tim, Ste, James, Lee, Ashley, Megan. You’re all incredible at what you do, and a pleasure to work with too.

Some of you have asked what I’ll be working on next. I think I’m going to take a break for a little while, and then see what captures my interest. But whatever it is, you can be sure that I’ll bring the same business ethic to it of doing the right thing by our team and customers, and having zero-tolerance for trolls. Feel free to follow me on LinkedIn if you’d like to know what I’m up to next.

There is a new app in the movie & TV social space called Gizmo, which has asked me to advise them on product & design, so I’ll see what I can do to assist them. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that community to be your new home for movie & TV talk.

So for now, farewell. It’s been a blast, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this project.

Derek Forbes

Founder & CEO


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