It has been about six years since my first ranch post asking about java classpaths, and now I have my dream web-app and it works!
So I am not the young entrepreneur type, more like that crazy physics teacher you had in high school who talks enthusiastically about ideas and forgets the marketing in the process. But I do understand education and my app can revolutionise that. I do understand business and have an accountant.
Head First, Java Ranch, Murach and Stackoverflow (in that order) have been my great mentors on the web-app journey. How do I take that spirit forward into the entrepreneurial and finance phase? I do not live in a great entrepreneurial developer community but I have shown my app to some knowledgeable sharks who are interested in buying it. However I think prosperity is best achieved through a more cooperative model or at least in an environment where technical thought is valued .
Any suggestions on how to graduate from Javaranch into the commercial world would be appreciated.(or am I california dreaming?)
PS. My app is a ‘single page’ three tiered Java App (Tomcat) that creates JQuery and HTML on the fly and has a standard PostgreSql database as well as a file repository. The site is readily translatable and skinnable and can be scaled across servers although the infrastructure for session and data management in a multi server environment still needs to be developed.
when in doubt put it in parenthesis and stick a dollar sign in front of it, only good can come from this.
Well! Lots of factors to consider for this one. I think the most fundamental would be: would you want to sell it (and possibly create some income in the future for contract development), or do you want to operate it yourself, and grant people access to a hosted instance of it once you have figured the customization and scalability angles? It's rare for web apps to be sold (or bought), the ASP -a.k.a. SaaS- model is much more common. That way, people would not have to bother installing and maintaining it locally -since you would do that- and the source code would be safe with you.
I have invested time and money in development so a personal financial return is a consideration but not the driving one. I don't want to operate it myself as such in the long term but I should probably drive it for a bit as I have the vision. I think if the idea is placed in the right commercial context it could thrive so that is my consideration for the next step.
I don't envision selling it as a piece of customizable software or SaaS or PassS, but it draws on all these notions. I am more thinking of a global multi server single instance kind of operation such a myspace, facebook, youtube, survey monkey etc. That's the vision.