Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Don't panic

Apologies for leaving you all hanging after my last post. I wasn't thinking clearly about the issues so I decided to take a few days break from Sydney to try to regain some perspective. Many thanks to everyone who discussed the issues, and gave me suggestions or words of encouragement, you certainly helped me to see the forest for the trees.

My fears that there would be a copy of New York on every server and desktop within 12 months weren't particularly rational and as some of you pointed out this could actually be beneficial for me. The more interest there is in this type of product, the larger the market will become for both the high and low end products. I somewhat arrogantly assumed that high priced systems like New York were my competitors. Of course anyone in the market for a product like New York wouldn't even consider looking at a low end product like Sydney and vice-versa.

So as long as New York stays a high end product I don't believe it's a threat to my business.

Will New York stay a high end product though?

The new owners do sell software for as little as $1000 so they're used to selling software to the little guys as well as the big guys.

On the other hand the new owners aren't suddenly going to drop it's price by an order of magnitude or two when they're currently making $350 000 sales to US government departments. I also imagine it would take quite a bit of work to re-engineer a system like that to make a low end version.

There's not much I can do about it either way though so I'm not going to lose any more sleep over it. Instead I've found something else much more troubling to lose sleep over...


At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Instead I've found something else much more troubling to lose sleep over" - You start the post by apologizing for leaving us hanging and then you leave us hanging again....arrggghhh....

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Lachlan said...

I'll post again soon. I promise.

At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeez! This is getting exciting, your project is more exciting than talkshow by Conan O'Brian. This is second time I am visiting your blog. More visits to come... :) And, luck!

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Lachlan said...

Thanks, I think. I've never seen the show but I'm going to assume it's more exciting than watching Letterman.

Glad you're enjoying the story.

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, maybe I should register and become a non-anonymous poster.

Anyway, I am considering writing a small shareware app myself. I just got this idea yesterday. This is like niche inside the niche market. This project belongs more to the category of "winnable solitaire", and I am doing this for fun firstly, and for the money secondly. What is this you might ask? I give a hint: it's going to be a time management app not seen before, with a very specific edge.


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