Archive for September, 2007

Almost there…

September 23, 2007

We missed our self-imposed deadline of launching on September 20th.

Here’s what happened. In our application we want the community to be able to vote on which content is most interesting. It’s a core feature of the app, and while it sounds simple it’s tied into many other systems.

We could launch on time without it, but then we’d be trying to add it just when we want to be most responsive to initial feedback coming in. Just after launch we’ll want to be working on small features, which means we’ll have lots of good stopping places for the inevitable tweaks and adjustments.

Thanks for your patience!

Update & Count down

September 3, 2007

Making web software is all about iteration.

First you put out an incredible, world-changing product. Next, people tell you why it’s no good, and then you keep refining it until they change their minds or you run out of money, time or willpower. Usually money.

Because we haven’t yet opened the front doors and let the world in, we don’t know the answer to the only question that really matters; “Will people actually use this?

It’s easy to rationalize the delay. The longer we keep polishing, the less likely we are to make a bad first impression.

On the other hand we could realize we’ve been adjusting the rear-view mirrors while the rear axle sits waiting to be installed.

Anyways, we’ll have something to show the world by September 20th. These rear-view mirrors are almost right…