Category Archive for: Management

I can't wait for the next two releases

There are many many moments when building rVibe is challenging (at best).  The notion of a roller coaster is way off base – unless roller coasters go up to the moon and back. But everyday I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work this project and make it what it is. And I…

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Taming out accounting structure

In a standard eCommerce retail environment for accounting you have product, cost, retail price, and profit. When a consumer purchases an item, they typically pay the retail amount of the product at the time of purchase. The retailer then collects that amount, keeps the margin, pays (if they have not already done so) the supplier…

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release strategy?

The notion of planned releases for Internet software seems to be fading fast. Well, at least from a user perception standpoint. When was the last time anyone really noticed that YouTube updated their site? It’s to the point that sites that announce an update seem to be antiquated. And for fat clients that seems to…

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Technical/User Strategy

It’s no secret that rVibe leverages p2p for delivering content and driving cost savings, and it should also be no surprise that we’re working to drive additional p2p support in our application.  We’d like to get to full functional decentralization with only a centralized authentication and authorization index server, but I don’t think that’s likely…

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Organizational design

In reviewing our operations, I thought I’d just mention our organziational framework. We’ve organized ourselves around our business practices. That said – we also have an overlay structure with a product and customer focus.  Meaning, here are the four practice areas (and organizational structure): Technology Content Marketing Operations (financial, legal, organizational) Our focus areas are:…

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Beta 1 is finally here!

Finally, at long last, Beta 1 is here.  It’s not without its issues and missing funtions of course, but the core software is solid and it’s the real deal. Real content, really able to purchase tracks, really real. Lots more to improve upon, and release 1&2 are already full ahead on development.  Below is an…

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Operations – $$$

As we work through some of the performance things with Beta 1 (some people would be content with it, but I am not), we’re faced with the $$$ predicament.  We’re at the point where in order to seek additional investment, we really need to turn our product out.  But the issue is this – we’ll…

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Importance of customer communication

I just re-signed up for XM radio, despite thinking the audio quality is terrible.  Why?  For the following reasons: They called me and asked to bring me back  They offered me 1/2 price for a year They followed up with an email They gave me online listening capability on their website They send me regular…

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A little status

So – we’re down to the wire on the Beta release.  Meaning – we’re finishing up the production environment build, testing the various connections and getting ready to load the server up.  We’re also finishing up the brochure ware website which will get loaded into our web server in the next week.  And finally, the…

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Fat/thin client and differentiation

Here’s an obvious statement:  there are so many web sites out there (by website, I mean n-tier server architecture with a web server delivery mechanism which is accessed via a thin client/web browser). In the on-line music distribution space there are also many websites out there.  In the social networking music space there are starting to…

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