While we were going through the tickets on JIRA last week, Syed told me that 272 early-stage companies have thrown their names into the hat for TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield... I would like us to make it into the top 15 in Australia, but only because I want Syed and the team to be happy. Syed is so excited about this!
Regardless of whether we are going to be pitching on stage, I think VIVA is an awesome product.
My childhood years as a boy scout have taught me to always plan for the worst (to be exact, it was "traffic patrol" - it's a weird thing that exists only in Hong Kong - we were trained to control traffic for safety. The training involved matching in goosestep and holding one end of a rope to cordon off half the street to form a makeshift footpath for school kids departing for home. We were the height of military childhood fashion with our navy shirts, white pants and a fluorescent yellow belt-sashes). So, I always have contingency plans for contingency plans.
The most important thing to me is to create the best possible product.
Creating the best possible product requires us to mix the perfect cocktail of content, channel and customer service:
Maybe then, we will have a shot at success (with or without TechCrunch).
This is why I spend my evenings writing and refining the external-facing documents that live on this website and the internal-facing documents that live on our Google Drive.
To show our event organisers a lot of love, Alan, Nicola and I spent the last week putting together our first quarterly newsletter. We want them to share in our joy and delight. The newsletter is due to be sent on Thursday this week, subject to completing one function on our web content management portal.
We plan to follow up the newsletter with a Christmas present that will show them how much we love them - I am designing the present, but it has only gotten as far as whiteboard sketches at the moment.