Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

It’s a well-worn cliche to refer to a startup as a roller coaster — I think I’ve even used that analogy here
a few times.  But as with many cliches, it exists for a reason.

The past month has been a tough one.  We’ve been working on some big UI updates to the product and Logan has been stuck in debug hell for weeks.  It kills me to see a smart and talented guy beating his brains out to come up with workarounds for other people’s crappy code (primarily CSS/browser display bugs).

And of course, the fact that we didn’t have the shiny new UI has had a knock-on effect throughout the business.  We’ve held off on pushing beta accounts while we get the new code under control, and that means we didn’t have the updates we’d like to have had for potential investors.  Now the holidays are looming, so funding-related activity is going to slow to a crawl until next year.

On the personal front, there have been some bumps in the road too.  My daughter had a week of relatively high fevers and was home from daycare.  She’s an absolute trooper when sick, but it was pretty much impossible to get work done.  My poor wife was stuck with a sick toddler, needy husband and very little sleep.  My car was in for maintenance and the idiots failed AGAIN to fix what was wrong while keeping the car for a day at a time.

We’ve also had a bunch of unexpected expenses, which hits hard when you’re paycheck-challenged.  Our aged dryer bit the dust, and it turned out that the cunning tile work done by the previous owner of this house is EXACTLY the wrong size for any dryer currently being manufactured.

And to cap it all off, we were rejected by the Amazon Startup Challenge folks too.  I looked at the finalists, and even if I hadn’t already been in a foul mood, I have to say that mostly I don’t get it.  Some of the companies chosen sound very interesting, but a couple are, in my opinion, faddish crap.

But then this happened (yes, you’ll have to click to find out).  Logan has triumphed over many ugly bugs, and life is good again.  The sexy new dryer (trust me, if you saw it, you would agree that it is sexy) is (a) installed and (b) sextastic. 

The sun is shining (okay, only metaphorically — it’s 1:47am) and life is good.

Behold, the roller coaster 🙂

P.s. Thanks again for the incredible support we get from our spouses.  The wheels would have come off long ago without it.

5 comments for “Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

  1. November 26, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Sweet unifyr demo for Foundry!

  2. November 26, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Wow. Very nice and to the point. Good to see how the tagging is happening without a lot of work on the user’s behalf.

  3. Al
    November 28, 2007 at 5:17 am

    “Since you are well down the road drinking the kind of coolaid we enjoy,”
    Oh dear oh dear

    🙂

  4. November 28, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Great post. Congratulations on the success & keep hustling. I got a link to your interesting blog from a brilliant guy in MA who doesn’t toss compliments around. Hope to meet next time you are in Charlotte.

  5. December 1, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Glad to see you’re staying positive, Nick!

    I see people daily who refuse to just cope with their problems and are always complaining.

    I love the entrepreneur who grinds away and creates solutions instead of adding more noise and chatter to world.

    Hang in there and keep fighting.

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