The Bootstrap Diaries: The first 12 months…..

It seems hard to believe that on the 27th May it will be one year to the day when the Datasentiment seed was really sewn.  On that day with my Nokia E51 in hand I showed a really crude mock up of an app. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.So, 12 months later, what can I say.1. It takes longer that you want it to.Annoyingly so, I’m an impatient type at the best of times but this was difficult. Looking back though it’s happened at the right time.2. The plan WILL changeDS then and DS are two totally different things.  The USP is a killer but it took about sixty phone calls and three mock ups to get there.  Only after Barcamp Derry did things really take shape and every line of code up until that point was scrapped.It was the best thing that could have happened.3. You will get answers but only IF YOU ASK!The world will not come to you, you have to go to it.  Six months of the year was network, network and network.  Lots of good came from it, I met an awful amount of really nice, helpful good people.  You know who you are.  Yeah I met some arses too but you’ll always get that.  The skill is figuring out who the tyre kickers are.4. Brand “you” counts.How you project yourself, your passion (an overused word in startup land) and your conduct will either work for you or kill you off.  Ultimately it’s your choice.

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