Status Report | Part III: Adopting Business As The New Usual
I’m going to pull the same ‘summer’ card that everybody else seems to be using as an excuse to explain why I haven’t updated in a while. I’d like to post on a regular basis but I’d prefer not taking time out of coding to drive traffic to the site. The ideas keep on comin’.
Six months ago I would not have expected that I would ever been standing at the base of a metaphorical mountain, proclaiming myself a Sherpa.
DeviceSherpa has had some major additions, one of which being the element of ‘users’ to allow for a more Wikipedia-like collaboration and user-added devices. This allows me to avoid having to crawl the web for connection data about these different devices, as well as allows users to add devices no longer listed on retail sites or of a more niche nature. With the help of a good beta team, we should be able to get this puppy up and running in no time. Other new stuff would be the removal of the 2 devices 1 connection plan in favor of a many device many connection paradigm. I know this means nothing at this point, but when you see the app — it’ll all make sense.
Given the changes and the scope of the project, I’m going to need to expand the team a bit. Recently I was informed of another start-up, who’s goal is to provide a database filled with start-ups, investors, and entrepreneurs alike, for collaboration and communicative purposes. I’ve sent out a couple emails and invitations to the project through YouNoodle, and I’m still waiting to hear back on who’s in and who’s not… So I’ll keep that a mystery for now.
NetSherpa YouNoodle Page
I’ve got the coding for DeviceSherpa moving along, but what about NetSherpa? At 20, a business plan is a pretty daunting task; but I’m sure it’s do-able. I’ve been doing a ton of research surrounding business plans, searching for language and content. Sifting through them, I’m paying attention to what’s left out and where the projections should come from. Basically one-hundred percent of any business plan (from what I see) is explaining how and why your start-up will produce revenue. It’s necessary to explain what competition is like in the market, why the chosen team is the best for the job, and where the necessity in the business lies.
What’s the reason this service or product is needed?
(If I told you here there wouldn’t be anything special the investors get to see, c’mon.)
Currently NetSherpa is completely self-financed, and work is being performed with vision of raising the bar for web applications. Six months ago I would not have expected that I would ever been standing at the base of a metaphorical mountain, proclaiming myself a Sherpa. Fortunately, I think, I’ve got the sense to build a nice base camp before I start climbing. Our first real business meeting will be on Thursday, and more information should be available after then.
If you’re an entrepreneur or if anyone would consider you a ‘self-made man’ (Or woman) and you have any pointers, you can email too, or you post them here for the good of all mankind.
Other stuff worth mentioning…
You might notice along the bottom that there’s a new line, “NetSherpa Journal is Digg proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache!” Blame Problogger. The other day they had a post about page performance and load times and Darren recommended the WP Super Cache as a quick speed-boosting WordPress plug-in. If you notice a difference or it’s slower, let me know, I’d always love to have a more broadly compatible site.
New Digsby Update!!!
Also I just found out on Friday (08/08/08, updated most recently on 08/12/08) that the Digsby team posted a new version to test.. It rocks. Digsby’s memory footprint went from ~100 Mb to ~28 Mb on my system (x86 XP Pro SP3). If you use Digsby, try the new update, or you’ll probably get a link soon from the team to tell you to do so if they end up keeping this version. If you haven’t seen/used Digsby, I’d suggest checking it out, it’s free and I’ve been a fan since I first found it, it does most IM clients and can even regularly check social networks to receive and queue up notifications. This includes Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, I’m hoping they add Plurk in the future.
Digsby Test Release
“The hard part is just realizing how easy it is.”
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