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Idea overload

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The main thing in the (business) world is to have an idea.  Or maybe you should have The Idea.  That is what people with ideas think.  Mostly they wait for the ideas to spring to life all by themselves.

But what when there are many ideas.  And all of them are like beautiful fruits hanging somewhere in the sky.  So you push one of them, give it a nudge, maybe it’ll ripe and fall.

Enough with the metaphor, and back to the real stuff. I needed an idea about ideas.  So called meta-idea.  I needed a way to nurture my ideas and allow new one to come.  I needed RentACoder.com.

If you know what to do, and how you could do it, but don’t have time on your hands, outsource it.  Every accomplished manager will tell you that.  Some rich guy said it like this: “You cannot get rich by being smart, you can get rich by employing smart people”.

Some will say that in order to outsource something, you have to have some money.  No body will work for no money.  How to solve that?  Build a prototype.  Use your power of speech to find a sponsor.  Be a conduit and try to add value between two parties.  That is what I am think I am doing right now.

Some examples: currently my partners on RAC come from Ukraine, Macedonia and Russian Federation.  In recent endeavours, I had great experience with people from Argentina, France and of course Croatia.  So you see, every coder speaks the same language, and it’s easy to do something there.

Medianet visited

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

In our continuing mission to find new customers and enable them to remove their VHS bases video archives, we found medianet.hr company.  They do their press-clipping and media-clipping work and they really need video, audio, and other types of archives.  So, we engaged to provide video services for them.

I can say that guys there were really interested in our work.  You can’t really know how motivating that is.  Their main concern is their enormous archive that goes several years in the past, and is stacked onto the shelves of their office.

One repeating issue was brought up on the meeting.  That is our renown DVD export for VideoPhill player.  So, with so many interested parties, it seems like we are obliged to make it.

On to the Internet we go…  to find something that will enable us to do so.  I can take two roads here: GPL road and fully commercial road.  One leads to ffmpeg with dvdflick (or parts of it), and other leads to MainConcept.

Also, something that has troubled me for many times, is that they pay massive fees annually to the company that provides software for video clip recognition.  Since that feature lies exactly on my interest path, I guess that I will try to hit that road also.  I am thinking that some basic clip recognition could be build, but to fully test it we’ll need massive archive.  So another curious task, to build one.  My flat/office already is starting to look like a hi-tech warehouse, who know where it will go from there.

And at the end – it’s now very clear that stream logger project that I started as a pet project needs to be produced commercially.  There really is a strong need for such a product, or a service that we could provide to them.  Again, to test it and develop it massive storage space should be provided.  I found out that Addonics has very interesting gadgets to that effect.  But their shipping is expensive, so I’ll wait some more until I will really need something big from them.

Softing-eu comes to Zagreb

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Since the days I started cold-calling my future customers and searching for future customers and partners, I stumbled across KapitalNetwork web site, which is also Internet TV.  I was searching for a customer that will need my companies video logging services, and since there was an video publishing company already in the signature of their web, i proceeded to contact them.

That occurred last year and their director came to Zagreb today, and we had a very interesting meeting.

He found our company to be very interesting, I guess because that we are small and flexible, and technology oriented.  At the same time, I found that his company is one of the perfect corporate-mates that Informacija d.o.o. should have.

We introduced, we talked, and we found that we really have some major connecting issues.