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Denting the Universe

We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?

This is one of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes. Whether or not you are a Steve Jobs fan, we can probably agree that we want our lives to matter. For many of us, reviewing the “dent” we have made will come later in life…  the student we taught that went on to cure cancer, the Olympic medalist that we coached at the local YMCA swimming pool, or the stubborn teenager that we managed to somehow not strangle that goes on to save his Marine squad in some remote corner of the earth.

At we were not rocket surgeons. We just wanted to create the best tools possible to help people avoid Internet content that they did not want, or need, access to. Kids hated us! We knew this, but we also knew that one day they would be thankful that their parents  loved them enough to protect their young minds. Adults loved us! Not just for helping them raise their kids in the Internet age, but in many cases for saving their marriage. We knew we were making our “dent”, but it never hurts to be reminded… even years later.

Several days ago I received the following email out of the blue. I do not know the author, and have never met him. His email reminded me that what our team did at was huge.

Hey, Shane,

I’ve used SafeEyes for over a decade. It was a building block in my recovery from sexual addiction, and the day I discovered the iOS app was the day I decided I could finally get an iPhone.

Today, I switched to an alternate filter product, because as I’m sure you know SafeEyes hasn’t been updated in years, and the bugs have gotten too many to work around.

As I leave this product that you poured so much of your life into, I just wanted to say thank you. I want you to know that God has used your work to bless my spiritual life, my marriage, my children, and my ministry. Whatever McAfee paid you for the company, it wasn’t enough, but I hope it has allowed you to enjoy a season of rest and provide seed for whatever is next.

As a fellow entrepreneur, I want to affirm your blog post where you stated, “I was thinking too hard about the next big idea, rather than finding a simple idea that needed great execution.” Ideas are cheap; execution is everything.

I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for your next ventures–air filters and beyond.


Needless to say, I was blown away. I share this hoping that it will encourage you as you toil away at making your “dent”. We may not always know what impact we are having, but we are making an impact, and someone out there is better off because of it.