Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lost Parking Brakes and Founded Companies



I keep missing the parking brake. My left foot rises into the air, hovers over the pedal, and pushes downward, only to hit the floor mat in disappointment. I try again, this time moving my foot in circular search patterns and hitting the floor mat again. I look down. There's no parking brake. It’s back in Salt Lake City in the rental I used for ten days on a recent trip for Uncharted. 
Aside from getting into the bad habit of using my rental’s parking brake, my trip proved productive and significant. I’m pleased to say that we have further translated our vision for Uncharted into reality by forming a new company, Uncharted, LLC. We've been working on this for a long time now. 
It began a few years ago when a group of friends and professionals came together to find ways to explore the world and lead active lifestyles. Back then, there was no Uncharted, just an idea. We worked full-time jobs and funded the project with our own time and money. We even formed a company called Great Divide Media, L.L.C. 
The idea evolved and us with it. We learned new skills, met new people and broadened our understanding of things we’d never thought possible. We made some mistakes, and we learned from those mistakes. We also achieved some goals. With limited time and funding, we launched the Uncharted website and gathered a small community of friends focused on exploring the world’s geographic and cultural marvels. We brought each other to our own corners of the globe one journey at a time. With your help, we saw experiences from Africa to Asia, to the Americas, Europe and Oceania. We even acquired trademark ownership of the Uncharted name and decided to embrace this opportunity by moving on from Great Divide Media to Uncharted, LLC. 
Last year, I left my full-time journalism career and moved from Utah back to my home state of Pennsylvania to devote a more serious effort towards the Uncharted idea. It’s been an exciting year. As the President and a co-founder of Uncharted, I have spent most of that time setting up our new entity and working with our Director of Presentation, Andrew E. Clark and his team of programmers to get our website redesigned, developed and launched for 2012. Each day we get closer to realizing that goal. The new website will be home for our community of explorers and their many adventures, but it is only a small part of our vision. Our small team is working on a variety of ways to help you explore the world, connect with like-minded people and share about your experiences. We want to thank our explorers and each of you for your feedback and patience as Uncharted, now pointed to this blog, undergoes its transformation. We're excited about the next few months and the many opportunities our new site will provide as we once again prepare to explore the world with you one journey at a time. 
Alan Murray is the President and a co-founder of Uncharted. He likes to scuba dive and snowshoe. To contact Alan about becoming involved with Uncharted or to give him advice on how to use his parking brake, write to alan@uncharted.net.