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Saw this Google Street View parody video today. In the tradition of all things webby, it’s probably really old and everyone’s seen it, but thought I’d share anyway. Pretty scary about the privacy issues surrounding Google Street View though. I wouldn’t want to be a Google lawyer! View the vid!…

Continue reading about Google Street View – Where will it end?

This is my beloved Dell XPS M1330 laptop in pieces. Nearly makes me cry! ha ha… it had an overheating issue on the GPU, So needed a new motherboard. (Tip: Ask for the A00 model, not A01 or A04). This is now a known issue on this model but Dell have an easy fix. Read more about the fix…

Continue reading about Dell XPS Laptop GPU Overheating issue? No problem. It’s on warantee!

I’ve had a few good chats lately with Patrick Macfie from http://start-up.co.nz about what they’re up to with the Start-up venture. This is a great New Zealand based resource for people needing startup advice, info, resources or simply to see who else in in ‘startup mode’ as well. Whilst our company ProActive Software, developers of the ProWorkflow Project Management Solution aren’t in startup mode any more, I wish this website had been around when we were. There’s a lot of great material worth checking out. I asked Patrick to send through a bit more in-depth info about the website and what they’re doing. Here’s what he sent through.

Continue reading about Check out Start-Up.co.nz! – an awesome business resource for those businesses wanting to get off the ground!

With all the multi tasking and multiple window activity these days, at some stage I’ll probably setup my desk someday soon to look a little more like the pic below. This way I can cope with the ridiculous amount of windows I have open at any time!

Continue reading about I Wish! – This is how I’d like to setup my desk…

It’s a hard balance being in the Software/SaaS (Software As A Service) industry. We can put lots of time and focus into systems and development, but sales may suffer… or we focus on sales and then development suffers… ProActive Software (www.proworkflow.com) has bootstrapped (growth through no funding, and only sweat equity) to profitability thus far and this is fun to a point however if the intention is to bootstrap through to profitability as we’ve done, the issue is 100% correct allocation of resources between development, sales, systems and marketing.

We don’t have a truckload of resource, rather a smaller dedicated team and no massive flash offices (ProActive is largely a virtual team). There are a few contractors globally but we do A LOT with what we have.

We’re up to a good number of dedicated servers in California and one in NZ, and are in profit. So the years of hard work have paid off. Revenue is looking healthy and we all earn good salaries (founders work 16hr days).

The biggest problem I see in both the local and global market is the high number of software/SaaS co’s trying to scale, but using (old school) high inertia sales and marketing.

Continue reading about Some Morning Thoughts on Scale, Profitability and Margins in Software and SaaS companies.