For a while now, Gabe and I have been working on BlogShouts. Not all of that time has been spent in development — first we had to come up with the idea and flesh it out, then we had to write a complete business plan and PowerPoint deck (not as easy as it sounds!). After we had those, we actually started developing the site in ASP.Net’s webforms platform before deciding to switch over to MVC. At that point, we scrapped everything we had, including the visual design, and started over from scratch.
That stuff used up a whole lot of evenings and weekends! Gabe and I are not fortunate enough to be independently wealthy, which means we have to work on paying projects in addition to whatever we do on BlogShouts. It can be difficult and frustrating at times to spend an entire day working on the web, then grab a quick dinner and sit back down to do more work on the web, but we’ve kept it up (with the occasional vacation, necessary for sanity!), and at long last the site has launched!
For the past couple of months, we’ve been able to give BlogShouts even more time than usual. We’ve cranked out a ton of fixes, features and improvements in the past eight weeks or so, and we’re rolling out new stuff on the site nearly every day. It’s been awesome, and we’re hoping to be able to keep it up.
Along with the obvious technical work that will go into continuously improving and upgrading Blogshouts, this also means we’re going to start looking for a Seed Round of funding. Our goal since day one has been to turn Dart Publishing into a real company, complete with things like employees, benefits, and a marketing budget. We’ve both worked extensively in the startup industry, and we know that it’s a lot easier to do all of that if you have some funds in the bank to start with, so we’ve decided to put together a profile at Angel List, a new site from the guys who run VentureHacks, meant to hook up investors with promising startups.
We think we’re a pretty promising startup, considering our technical expertise and experience in the industry, and we’re hoping others will agree. Are you an investor, or do you know anyone who is looking to help fund a tech company? Check out our profile on Angel List, and see what you think!