As I’ve never been known as one to mince words, I’ll just say it: launching a company is a pain in the ass. Fun? Yes. Challenging? Sure. A learning experience? No doubt. Regardless, it’s a pain in the ass nonetheless. At least, it is for me. Like many of you, I’d much rather be coding. Though, there are times when we all just have to suck it up and get shit done. This is one of those times.
On March 26th, 2015, at the 2015 United States PostgreSQL Conference, we’ll be officially coming out of stealth mode and going public with the kick ass software we’ve been working on. Then, in April, we’ll be exhibiting at Collaborate 2015, showing Oracle DBAs and developers some of the cool things they can do using our software. At this point in time, I’m not going to share any more info than that. But, while I’ve been going through each decision, I figured it may be useful to share some of my decisions and, where applicable, my reasoning in hopes it can help you. So, here’s the first blog.
While they’re not as important as they once were, business cards still serve a purpose. One impression you certainly don’t want to leave, however, is a potential customer holding onto a shitty quality card. After reviewing a few different vendors, I had whittled my choices down to MOO and Jakprints. Many years ago, when MeetMe was myYearbook, the original business cards we ordered were pretty snazzy glossy cards from Overnight Prints. Unfortunately, their quality went downhill and, as such, MeetMe moved to Jakprints. While Jakprints’ cards aren’t bad, after watching the video promo for their Luxe line of business cards, I wanted to give MOO a shot and ordered 100 cards. From a quality perspective, the Luxe cards are the nicest cards I’ve ever seen. My only recommendation would be, from a design perspective, not to throw a modern, full-color design on them. If it would look better glossy, go glossy. In my opinion, Luxe cards really should only be used with more traditional designs. In the end, I was so pleased with the high-quality of MOO’s products, as well as their well-designed online ordering systems and timeliness of delivery, I chose to order the rest of our cards from them, going with rounded glossy cards.
Conference Demo Systems
Conference Demo Virtualization
I was able to set up an entire test environment using Homebrew and Docker (boot2docker) in 20 minutes and can re-create the whole thing with a 10 line bash script. How can you beat that?