[geeklog-devel] Geeklog Service offering

Tom Willett tomw at pigstye.net
Fri Jan 10 22:06:34 EST 2003

Once again I cannot keep my mouth shut.  Several points I would like to 
comment on:

1)  Name change from Geeklog would be natural when Geeklog 2 comes out.  We 
could even position it as (lets say Cherry is the name agreed upon).  Geeklog 
2 could be Geeklog Cherry like Microsoft Windows just normally dropping the 
Geeklog and calling it Cherry.

2)  Tony -- I would not be so quick to turn down Blaines offer.  As I 
mentioned earlier, you had better like business, because you will be spending 
more time doing that than programming.  There is room for a lot of Chief's in 
a business, I would rather be chief programmer and architect than CEO.  
Blaine does have prior business experience.

3)  I would make it clear from the start that all code remained GPL.  Even 
custom code.  I have done custom modifications for several of my customers 
and one of my stipulations is that it remains my code.  No one has objected 
to the point of losing business.

4)  I would emphasize again.  If the target audience is small and medium 
businesses, the need for an organized point of contact.  They will not stand 
for email only contact system.  When they show up at work at 8 in the morning 
and find their web down, they want to be able to make a phone call and take 
care of it.  Their day is hectic and quicker they can take care of something 
(and here taking care of it is being sure someone is taking care of it) the 
happier they are.

5)  Small businesses especially like one point of contact -- agreements with 
a or multiple hosting companies we can work with will be essential.  If the 
web site goes down the small businessman wants to call one person and take 
care of it.  Not us then we tell them its the hosting company and the hosting 
company says its us.  We need to be willing to find the problem and solve it 
even it its not our problem.  You earn lots of business that way.

Tom Willett
tomw at pigstye.net

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