Last week I've been very busy with all kinds of steps in the business development - just no so much on the software development track.
I met with a lot of people in my professional network, and discussed the TiNC Works! concept, as well as how best to approach the market and the continued development of the product. I've received a lot of very positive feedback on the product and concepts, and some very valuable advice on how to structure the business and what to prioritize.
I had a chance to demonstrate the system to a representative of the upcoming "The Next Web conference, late may in Amsterdam. My work is being considered for the so-called Bootstrap track, which will allow me to demonstrate the system, and to get one-on-one talks with investors to pith my product.
Emerging business cases
During the meetings and phone calls, a surprising number of very serious business cases came to light, in which TiNC Works! could play a crucial role for the associated companies. I'll put these business cases up on the web site, to keep track as well as to inspire!
While Jonas the 3D-man is away in Germany to study for exams, I made serious inroads in the production and procurement of beautiful metal cases: I had already found enclosures from Japan, but these were not exactly the right size - even though they were pretty and expensive. Through the miracles of the internet I now have a great contact in Germany which can deliver these enclosures directly and is able to modify them to my design - including end panels, cutouts, custom color anodization and laser engraving.
I made some renderings to visualize the end result and I'm very happy. Now I need to get a first prototype to make absolutely clear that the motherboard I'm using for the TANC will fit...
Last week I met with Nathalie Soeters to discuss company and product branding. The hexagonal symbol I'm using right now is too simplistic, and the style of my professional paperwork could be much improved. I'm looking forward for the first results!
Jeroen J.A. Tirion is a networker by training. After "discovering" computers in 1982, he has been working in the field of computer networks since 1990 - with a particular focus on performance as perceived by the end-user.