If you received my previous email or read our blog, you know the Brili system is being updated so it keeps working for our customers into the foreseeable future. Now that all the pieces are in place, I'm able to share the story about how Brili was saved and let you know what to expect going forward.
A Family's Offer to Help
Last July, after I had sent out the sad announcement that Brili was going to be broken by an upcoming infrastructure update – and that we couldn't afford to fix it – a Munich-based tech entrepreneur named Philip Debbas reached out to me. Like many other parents, his son had been using Brili with wonderful results and he wanted to help find a way to keep it working.
A couple of weeks later, Philip and his nephew, Matthieu Bulté, a talented computer programmer, phoned me and we talked about the challenges faced by Brili and options for its future. I have to say we hit it off right away; they are genuinely nice people and they didn't seem to mind listening to my endless ideas about Brili!
What came through very clearly was that Philip and Matthieu share my belief that Brili has a future. Most importantly, they are willing and able to take on its challenges. In the weeks and months since, we've been working to sort out the details. Philip's wife Susanne has also come on board to help manage things, making this a family business through and through.
We've formed a new company based in Germany, called Brili GmbH, which will be managing Brili's development and operations moving forward. The company I founded, Brili Inc., has a stake in the new company and I'll remain involved to help as I can, at least until they grow tired of my endless ideas.
What does this mean to our customers?
A new version of Brili will be released soon. It will be a required update because the current version will stop functioning on December 18th when Google Firebase shuts down the API our old version is using.
After installing the new version, you'll need to log in and accept the new terms of service that reflect Brili's move from Canada to Germany.
That's it! Keep using Brili as before.
Did you spot the super-subtle hint I dropped in the last email? I took this photo last month when I was visiting Philip, Susanne, Matthieu and family in Munich.
That's all for now. I hope you're as happy as I am that Brili's future is assured. We always like to hear from you so if you have any thoughts or questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.