When I look back over the last 10 years in my sneaker career (I guess 10 years constitutes a career??) I am truly proud of a few items, and the Sole Collector Forums is one of them. I still remember the day I figured out that I needed to start my own sneaker forum. Yeah, there were others out there, and many people questioned why I would waste my time creating something that is already there. Obviously, I didn't listen to them. That day was October 17th, 2000.
And now, that little forum that had 700 people on it has grown to almost 200,000 people! Nobody would have believed it back then, and I think to this day there are a few people that just sit back and say they can't believe this community has grown to the size it is today.
The big jump for the SC Forums was when we ditched Ezboards (now Yuku) and invested the time and money into hosting our own site with customized software. This customized forum software allowed us to do things like the Market Place, release dates calendar, image hosting and eBay-like feedback, which was impossible under Ezboards. So Joe (aka jvini), who was with me from the second I moved off of Ezboards, spent 10,000s of hours working on everything from t...