Tag: Check-in

  • August 3: I Failed. Do, Learn, Adapt and Repeat Differently.

      I am mothballing my ServiceChat startup experiment. After six months, I have to admit to myself that ServiceChat has no legs.  People who I thought should be interested are not and actually trying to find people interested is proven too difficult for my abilities. The lack of interest is itself great feedback – if […]

  • July 23: A Change to Regular Programming

    When I set out to build my startup in January, we moved to Spain to immerse in the culture, learn the language and extend my startup runway by 4 month. I knew I would have to revisit how I would fund our continued stay in Spain and how I might continue to explore my startup. […]

  • July 18: A Mixed Bag

    Not sure what to make of this week. It’s a bit like being in  the Tom Hanks movie ‘The Terminal’. I’m stuck but actually while I’m in this state of suspension there are really interesting things happening, but mostly I’m still stuck. Unlike Tom Hanks, my becoming unstuck is in my hands, I just don’t […]

  • July 12: Traction not tractors

    Traction is vital, getting early customers to commit to using what I’m offering is very important.  Both are vital and important for my finances and startup growth, sure – but mostly for my sanity. I’m a maker and an artist.  I make the art that is in my head.  Many of the things I make […]

  • July 9 – Back away from the code, slowly.

      Every passing day re-affirms my fear.  I have to back away from the code, close the IDE – quit doing what I love doing and start doing the other thing. You know – the other thing, the hitting-the-phone, sell-your-vision, learn-the-problems, discover-your-customers, dine-with-rejection-and-unreturned-emails thing, you know Customer Development! Now, I have a world of love […]

  • July 8 – Working hard, differently

        My last post was about 2 weeks ago and you might have wondered where I disappeared to. Well, I’ll tell you. I was feeling very disheartened about the lack of traction with ServiceChat. So I took some time away from ServiceChat – maintaining focus when you are down is hard, but it is […]

  • June 20 – Mikey's back!

    The last 13 days Q: Does a daily blog have to be done every day? A: Not when it’s @mhsutton’s blog – obviously. So much has happened in the last 13 days, I don’t really know where to start. I’ve been away because I’ve been a little discouraged with the progress of ServiceChat (no, I […]

  • June 7 – Dizzy with pivots.

    Yesterday(and the previous 2 days) The last few days have been like driving in a tunnel, with occasional pauses to check the map. Sometimes where you want to is actually a bloody long way away! All this grind has yielded a bunch of exciting potential pivots – bizbuzz as a data visualisation tool for businesses […]

  • June 03 – Plod on dear boy, plod on.

      Yesterday I’m finally resigned to the realisation that I won’t be an overnight sensation ;-).  At this point, the core of my strategy is plodding on – persevere through the mud that lies between me and triumph (or at least the next mountain!) and have fun in all that squelchy goodness! So here is […]

  • May 31 – Talking to Customers is Hard

    Yesterday So I’m trying really hard to chat with some people about the problem I’m trying to solve. My approach is to talk to my prospective customers’ customers – the ones that have the enquiry/frustration/need they want addressing. It should be easy, right? It would appear not so. What could be easier – I know […]