Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Navicache.com Acquisition
started by: DudleyGrunt

Posted by DudleyGrunt on April 19 2012,7:54 pm
For those who might like to hear what the new Navicache management has to say, this is what they shared on Facebook and the < Madcacher.com > blog on April 17.

Quote
We wanted to share our big news with everyone! While you might not use navicache.com now - we're hoping to marry it to our blog to offer everyone great geocaching experiences. Thank you for all the support! The feedback we've gotten through the blog and here encouraged us to take this step. We'll provide updates as we update the site.


Quote
April 17th, 2012
Leeward Coast LLC, parent company of the geocaching blog www.Madcacher.com, announced today the purchase of www.Navicache.com one of the longest-running geocaching websites on the Internet.

Navicache.com, first registered in 2001, currently has a database of over 11,500 caches worldwide and more than 38,000 registered users. Leeward Coast plans to integrate it’s existing geocaching blog and social media presence to include Navicache.

Ej Martin, CEO of Leeward Coast, said about the purchase, “I am very excited to bring Navicache.com into our portfolio of websites. Both Kurt and I are avid geocachers and our interaction with the geocaching community has been nothing but positive since taking control of Madcacher.com. When I saw that Navicache.com was for sale, I felt that it was important that it remain an independent geocaching resource and not land into the hands of someone who wanted to turn it into a link-farm or other property. ”

Over the course of the next few months, the website will be receiving several updates, the responsibility of which will fall to Leeward Coast’s COO, Kurt Milligan. “The acquisition of Navicache.com is a major milestone in our efforts to create the best geocaching experience on the internet,” said Milligan. “Navicache.com is one of the oldest websites devoted to this exciting adventure sport, and we are proud to extend the website’s capabilities in years to come. We have a lot of big ideas for the future, including a major site redesign, updated functionality and a few secret features we’ll keep under wraps, for now.”

If you have any questions about why we’ve decided to take on the site or are interested in what this will mean, please let us know by posting a comment below or via our < contact page >.


Hopefully, we'll hear from him directly, soon.



Posted by JJW on April 21 2012,7:12 am
An injection of new people may invigorate Navicache.

Well, best wishes for success!

Regards,
John

Posted by DudleyGrunt on April 23 2012,10:42 am
< Podcacher Episode 368 > (4/23/12) included a news story on the purchase of Navicache.com by Leeward Coast.

Still would be nice to hear from the new management in these forums, though.



Posted by DudleyGrunt on April 24 2012,9:36 am
What do we know about the new management?

< Leeward Coast LLC > is the new owner.  

Leward Coast is made up of Ej Martin – CEO and President, Kurt Milligan – Executive Vice President Online Development, and Amy D'Amico – Editing and Proofreading Guru.  

I've exchagned e-mails with Ej and Kurt is the one that Podcacher spoke to on this week's episode.

Leward Coast is also the owner of the < MadCacher > blog site.

< TheMadCacher > initially posted on the now deleted "Site for Sale" thread about making an offer. (last login 4/18, 1 post - deleted)

Other new "SuperAdministrator" accounts that would seem to be Leward Coast folks:

< Gizzle007 > (last login 4/21, no posts)
< inavicache > (reg 4/16, now login or posts)

FYI, PC Medic and Quinn are still listed as admins.

I just find it odd and unfortunate that we've not heard from them, so far.  They say they have big plans, which is good, but is the site just a property they've acquired to enrich their portfolio?  

Navicache is not yet listed on the LC website as one of their projects / websites.

Seven days and counting...



Posted by PC Medic on April 24 2012,6:33 pm
The transition is not an overnight thing and I am sure Ej and Kurt will chime in when they get a chance.

inavicache is a secondary account which also belongs to me and I am still listed as an Admin as I have agreed to stay on during the transition while they familiarize themselves with the scripts and operation of the site. It is rather complex and will take some time so I certainly was not going to just dump it on them and disappear (for both theirs and members sake).

Posted by DudleyGrunt on April 24 2012,7:31 pm
Quote (PC Medic @ April 24 2012,8:33 pm)
The transition is not an overnight thing and I am sure Ej and Kurt will chime in when they get a chance.

inavicache is a secondary account which also belongs to me and I am still listed as an Admin as I have agreed to stay on during the transition while they familiarize themselves with the scripts and operation of the site. It is rather complex and will take some time so I certainly was not going to just dump it on them and disappear (for both theirs and members sake).

Understand that a transition is not an overnight thing, but it just seems odd that they've discussed it on their own blog and Facebook, but haven't chimed in directly to the current Navicache membership, after a full week.  

I hope they do great things with the site, but it just makes me wonder.

I should have specified that I think it's a good thing that you're still on board, for now.

Posted by DudleyGrunt on April 25 2012,11:06 am
Podcacher on Monday and tonight the < Geocaching Podcast Episode 251 > will feature the new Navicache management.

To join the live recording by phone or chatroom, go to their < TalkShoe > page.



Posted by DudleyGrunt on June 07 2012,5:54 am
From the It's Not About the Numbers blog, earlier this week:

Quote

THE REBIRTH OF NAVICACHING

Back in April It’s Not About The Numbers reported that The Mad Cacher bloggers had bought the historic Navicache website; now we ask the new owners first-hand about their plans …

Like the fabled phoenix rising from the ashes, one of our sport’s original listing services, Navicache, is back.

Until recently, it was a little used reminder of geocaching’s heady beginnings; having been started in Rochester, New York during 2001 by a player supposedly using the alias Quinn Stone. But at its peak, the site boosted a database of more than 11,500 caches worldwide and 38,000-plus registered users.

Since news broke that Stone’s brother PC Medic had put the Navicache domain up for sale, interest in the geo-alternative has been firmly rekindled and it seems destined to grow further.

< Read more... >

Posted by nick_h_nz on June 07 2012,7:37 am
I wonder how many of those 11,500 caches worldwide were unique/exclusive to NC?


Powered by Ikonboard 3.1.2a
Ikonboard © 2001 Jarvis Entertainment Group, Inc.