In the starting blocks or: Mage One is founded!

by Carmen Bremen

Sometimes you get to know someone and think to yourself: I want to keep him. Sometimes you even marry him or you’re still friends 20 years later. I got to know Magento in 2009. That was almost 10 years ago and I thought: I want to stay with it. And I’m sure Magento thought the same of me. Now – June 2020 – I don’t want to let it go.

I am sure that I am not alone. And just like you can take over the parenthood for a tree, now many merchants worldwide can take over the parenthood for Magento 1 and help us to keep it alive. In the figurative sense, of course.

It’s been a few years since Magento first talked about discontinuing support for Magento 1. That was the first time we were in the starting blocks. Well, actually not “we”. I wasn’t there yet. But “we” announced that we were going to start – and promptly Magento’s support was extended again. And we kept on scratching around the starting blocks.

And last year it was at last so far. Magento has finally announced the end of Magento 1 support and we (I was finally there) the beginning of Mage One. I was at the Meet Magento in New York and I was really happy that such a little tweet was so well received in New York.

Since then the project Mage One – or the support extension of Magento 1 – has been discussed quite controversially. «Why» is it not quite clear to me. Those who think it’s stupid could just let us do our thing, those who are sceptical could ask questions, and those who think it’s good could at best join in.

Let’s sign the contract!

Last week it finally happened. After much contract writing, we all met together at a notary in Essen and signed the contract of our GmbH. With really childlike excitement we gathered around an oval table to sign the contracts that a fast speaking notary had read out before. I was always independent and never in a group. I have known the group for years, but still everything feels new and exciting.

I’m really looking forward to what’s coming. I didn’t manage to run a marathon before I turned 50, but at least I managed to found a GmbH. Thanks to Ingo, Tobi, Tobias, Fabian and Rico! The starting blocks feel really good!