Between June 1, 2015, and December 1, 2015, I had to take a break from the Photo Family Tree’s Journey –stationary and dormant. Not too much exciting things happened during this period to report, except for the following.
At the behest of Hadrian, I subscribed to Digital Ocean for developer server space and Google SVC Apps. Unnecessary, why, because I am not a programmer and Hadrian should have paid for his storage or depository space. Google Suite is a team application and was not needed either at the time because I am a solo entrepreneur, not a school with hundreds of team members. Hadrian had me all jacked up.
Time to help myself
Because I am growing increasingly impatient with Hadrian and his excuses, I looked for ways to learn and do some things myself. Thus, I purchased books about websites building and grammar editing software. Additionally, I took free HTTP and CSS courses online to understand website front-end programming better. However, I found them difficult to follow and stopped studying after a couple of months. Many online providers offer free courses, and I jumped around looking at different classes off and on. They are a terrific starting point for beginners interested in website design. I highly recommend them to young people do not have money to pay for website design.
Also, by September 25, 2015, I had found and paid for enrollment in the Code School. I had access to learning lots of different programming languages. The courses were much better than the free ones, but my studies there was short-lived too. It was not enough time in the day and too many things to try to accomplish. The adage “Jack of all trades, master of none” is right. You cannot be expert in everything.
Then, by October 2015, it was official, Hadrian had blown me off. He told me that a recent storm had damaged his house in the Bahamas’, and that was his ONLY concern. In order words, get lost. Boy! Did I feel like a dupe? I felt ripped off and felt like crying at the same time. The money I had paid him did not grow on trees. However, I had no time to feel sorry for myself or to lick my wounds. If you wanted to succeed, I had to persevere.
Sought more technical assistance
For that reason, I picked myself up and started looking for other possibilities to develop my app. I contacted N-Vision IT; a Canadian Software Company, in hopes of finding a company that would not be too expensive to build my app. Businesses in America were too costly for me. Additionally, I contacted three universities in my area that specialized in Information Technology, asking staff for assistance in finding a talent student or recent graduate that could work on the project. However, that idea did not ultimately pan out. I spoke with several students, but nothing came to fruition. Finally, I hired a recent graduate who said he could develop both the website and my app.
In contrast to Hadrian, David the recent graduate had studied website design and some code; he felt in time, he and his friends were smart enough to figure out how to develop the App. However, I grew impatient them too and moved on after a couple of months. I must say David Wong is a very kind and honest young man whom I would refer to anyone. Honesty is hard to find in the Web Wild, Wild, West.
A wise man that I should have listened to
Furthermore, I kept talking to people by telephone about software applications and ran into a wonderful man, Mr. Frank Ditta, an honest, straight talker. He agreed to sign a Non-disclosure agreement and reviewed my plans that I sent him. After he had examined all my documents, I received an email from Frank giving me excellent advice. I took some of his tips and other parts of it I did not. Silly me, I should have taken all of his counsel to heart and ran with it. In hind site, I say, a hard head makes a soft backside.
Hence, what were his recommendations? He said, “I know this isn’t what you wanted to hear, but I have, to be honest with you after looking at the market and who is in it. I don’t want you to put your hard earned money into something that (in my opinion only) will cause you to burn through a lot of money (and time) with potentially little results… use your money to leverage your patent. (have you thought about a “Patent Pending”) … if you do this yourself – it will cost you THOUSANDS to get customers” like a large website such as Ancestry.
Additionally, I read his profile on Linked in and saw YouTube video of him. From those things, I could tell Frank was a wise man. He was trying to help a stranger with sound advice. Speaking with him over the telephone, I bristled a little at his comments. I got the feeling; he was only trying to save this poor, little old great-grandmother from herself. Huh! Indignant, I told him; that I was not going to spend my last dime on this project. I have expendable income. My ego was talking, lol, for I did not have all that much expendable income to be talking like that. Pride will get you every time, (smh).
Later, after thinking about all Frank had said, I emailed him; telling him, it’s a fool that asks for advice and then does not take it. I thanked him and never spoke to him after that, but what he said still rings inside my head. Frank was right; I did and am burning through time and money by going it alone. On the other hand, I did file a Non-Provisional Patent to claim Patent Pending Status, as Frank suggested after reading Patent Yourself by David Pressman. A year later, I submitted a Provisional Patent Application with the USPTO.
Being stationary and dormant is not all bad
In conclusion, by December 10, 2015, being stationary and dormant is not all bad. The time permitted me time to read a few books, and discovered the University of Wisconsin had a program to Assess New Product Viability. I employed them to do a Product Assessment on the Photo Family Tree Maker. However, it would take weeks to determine the outcome of their study, but I had to pay for it up front. From June through December 2015, I spent another $5,216.73 and marked the end of my first half year on this quest.
Talk to again in the next installment of as the Photo Family Tree’s Journey Turns.