Wow….I guess you could call that a break.  I haven’t posted anything since February 19th.

Excuses?  I have plenty…..how about a trip to NYC, or a freelance software development project taking priority, spending time with that certain special someone who is amazing, or spending time with my kids (with a birthday thrown in), or all of the above.

To make up for it, I’m making a big announcement right now:  I have been chosen as a speaker for Ignite OKC.  On May 21, 2015, I will be speaking at Lyric Theater in Oklahoma City about a completely wild and crazy topic that I have been thinking about for a while.  The topic I have chosen is “Lines and Curves. Sexiness as it Applies to Automobiles, or why the Kia Soul is the Strangest Car Made Today”.

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What I haven’t been doing is slacking.  A small step forward is still a step, but progress continues.

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A big part of the 5Products5Days is the creation of several web applications, and a big part of those web applications are the fundamental building blocks that need to exist.  Over the past couple of weeks I have been putting together my credit card processing code and my integration with my credit card processor along with the back end support.  I plan on re-using all of this in my other web-applications.  I have talked about this several times before in public presentations, but it all goes into creating a common platform in which I can incrementally create web applications without having to re-invent the core of a web-application.

In the past, software development has been isolated.  You wrote code that interacted with your database and displayed information on the users’ screen.  It has evolved to a point where as a developer you do a lot of integration between platforms to create a unique situation where you are providing value by connecting various disparate platforms together.

What do you charge people for what you do?  I am focusing right now on Product #1, and a big part of bringing any product to market is how much you charge for it.  In a perfect world, you would know the price that you could place on your product that would produce the highest revenue.  If I priced something at $10,000,000 a year, I would be more than happy to sell one of them, but that’s not going to happen.  There is a lot of psychology that goes into pricing, and trying to decide between $40/month and $30/month doesn’t sound like a big difference, but it can make a huge difference to the bottom line of company when you charge 1/3 more.

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In short, I’m back, and I’m ready to set some deadlines and get these 5Products done.

 

-g