Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hmm Facebook

I've been on Facebook for a while now and initially it was a bit of fun, then my use declined to once/month glance. I now find, a lot of my contacts are using it a lot, and of course, our target market - The XBox Generation, live there all the time. I love(d) the idea of Facebook, I just don't want to have any more vampire bites, sheep, etc etc. Is there a way to keep Facebook semi-serious without missing the point entirely?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Juding the size of a market

If you're releasing a new product, by definition your customers won't have seen it before. Trying to calculate a solid figure for users/buyers and conversion rate is always going to be a work of guesstemation. The learned tomes, agree on this and then say it's the working used to arrive at the figures that's important. We all know the figures are fiction, but at least if it's logical fiction that shows a bit of business acumen we'll politely ignore that particular elephant in the room.

However, I was wondering if anyone has actually followed up the figures from the Business Plans of the common startups and done some research on how correct they turned out to be. The core figures normally show $50m turnover in year 5, and a big jump in profit in year 3. Other than that are all the BP figures lost, how many customer did Hotmail get in it's first few years? What was the take up of blogger - does anyone know the answer? Does anyone know where to ask the question?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Contact Me

The Money Clock

I'm pretty active on StackOverflow, and answered a question recently about useful software tools you've created. My answer was the money clock, it shows money rather than time, and I used it to keep focussed at work, I wanted to create a meeting version, where all people in the meeting would know how much it was costing. As the pounds/dollars mounted up it would have been a great way of keeping things focussed. Of course there's a massive privacy issue, and it never got off the ground.

The idea has garnered a fair amount of support on SO, and I was wondering if anyone could code it up on the IPhone. Would it be possible to share the total cost without identifying exactly how much each person was earning, could it be linked to SMS, can multiple IPhones share the same application and communicate with each other - please let me know.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The team thickens

An interesting couple of days, the tech has been coming together well but the business side of things was looking a little lean. Ah ha, not any more we have a couple of key people on side to work on the business plan and budget - brilliant. Who would have thought Bacchus Marsh was the place to find international finance?

A question that I'm currently trying to answer - how many people use windows world wide, and how many of them are office/excel users. I'm trying to find this out via MS themselves, as google seems to have failed me. I guess Gartner would have this, but I don't have much access to their reports, and their site is awful to navigate, couldn't find the search option - huh? Surely it can be that bad?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Starting RooCube

Implementation and delivery are everything - it's just too easy to think about an idea without getting down to doing it, planning is important, but planning isn't getting it done. With that in mind I've started the RooCube blog, what we do, how our product is developing, the ups, downs, learnings and ideas will all be featured here.

Todays tasks inlcude getting to grips with the graphic design of the website, and integrating excel into the Animated Data Engine.