I started a business. It made me want to drink copious quantities, smoke myself into oblivion and hit my head against a brick wall. Instead I wrote a blog.
Site Launch Day: 73
User Count: 111
Going right: Dividing the web milestones into small pieces means I can get increments out of the door faster and keep the site fresh.
Going wrong: Web development. Its the bane of my life. Developers are - quite frankly - shit at keeping to spec and budget.
Comment: As soon as the time is right, I shall be hiring an in-house developer
Today I got a free audit. And when I say audit, I mean an email listing point by point, the perceived holes in my business....one of my game testers forewarned me that it was coming, because it was from a referral of hers (unfortunately for her, the guy didn't sign up via the link, which means she didn't get any points for it. Which also means that I am still beating her...:-)).
As a SOX auditor, it's his job to poke holes in the fabric of the business processes, find litigation flashpoints and uncover compliance issues.
When I heard about the review, I was prepared to put on my armor and deflect the arrows. But by the end of the mail, I realized that almost all of the points were already covered and if they weren't, they were underway. For a business to stand up so early on under that kind of scrutiny, I felt rather proud that most items I could check off with confidence. Everything from IP issues to pseudonym use and accreditation validation. There were also a few suggestions thrown in. It seems that above all of these queries, some prospective users are intrigued as well as wary. It's a nice state to be in...wariness also generates a tinge of excitement in our species. Adrenaline occurs when you are on the cusp of a precipice....
'You only can live on adrenaline for so long; one thing is for sure, it doesn't pay the bills.' John Barrow
The seven Samurai are
They live and work in 4 different countries, gleefully poking their tongue out at old school thinking and pushing the boundaries of what was previously believed impossible. And of course by one John Barrow, still is.
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