Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A long wait...

Happy New Year everybody! It has been brought to my attention with varying degrees of humor (ahem), that our website still says that you can stop paying for online organizing tools in fall of 2005...and it's 2006.

Something doesn't compute there, does it? Sorry about that. We missed our deadline by six weeks or so. I made the call to take the approach that it is better to delay on behalf of quality than it is to rush to market with something that doesn't meet our standards.

Not to worry, though. All evidence to the contrary, we have been heads down for the last several months developing our first release. We will be in a public alpha stage by Jan. 20, one week before we will be featured in Twin Cities Business Monthly.

We introduced the application to a select set of 20 group hosts in Minnesota tonight. I don't know if any of you out there have ever developed software or not, but usually when a new application meets real users some degree of chaos ensues :). Tonight was no different. It was informative and gratifying to watch users create and manage groups. I was excited to learn that the users were very, very positive about the strength of the application.

We will be continuing to conduct user tests over the next two weeks. After that, if you have registered a group with Gatheroo, we will load your information into the system and contact you. If you have not registered a group or as an individual, you will be able to do that on the site.

Thank you so much for your patience. I can't wait to get it out to you, get your feedback, and start helping you build stronger, better communities through groups.



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