Archive for the 'Business' Category

First day of full-time DevjaVu

September 4, 2007

Today was the first day of working on DevjaVu full-time on the money we raised from our friends. The plan is to immediately monetize the service and generate revenue as soon as possible. That should happen within a month. After that, we’re going to be releasing lots and lots of fixes and tweaks, with some major new features now and then. We’ll also be preparing for a game changing new leg to the DevjaVu offering that our next round of funding will pay to build.

I’d love to get into more, but I’m actually pretty tired from discussing our working agenda for the next week, month, and 6 months all day. A few minor things that will happening soon is that we’ll be moving our forum to a new server where we can better manage it, prevent spam and get notifications of new messages. Our blog might also migrate to the new server, but we’ll see. We’ve got some hookups at WordPress, so we might not want to leave just yet.

Anyway, I hope to post quite a bit more here. I might as well since we also have shareholders to communicate with as well. What should be good news to you guys is that they’re all really awesome programmers and all use DevjaVu.

-Jeff

Not dead

July 19, 2007

Some of you have noticed a lack of activity here on the blog… forums going down recently… email bouncing. I just want to confirm that DevjaVu is far from dead. Some of you thought we ran out of money. Well we never had any money to begin with, yet we’ve been going strong for over a year until recently. What’s happened is… well, a long story that I’ll share soon. The important thing is that we’ve been raising money and we’ll make up for this recent slump in spades.

-Jeff

Offering consulting, and a new logo!

April 3, 2007

New DevjaVu logo

Tonight we’ve unveiled our new logo designed by Tamiko Rast, one of our friends at Rasteroids Design.  It’s a new ninja and it was hard to capture the same character of the original, but I think she did a pretty good job. Unfortunately we couldn’t use the original ninja for long since we just found it on the web and couldn’t find the author. Plus, this one is vectorized and has a simpler shape, so it’s much better suited for a logo. Tamiko also has a much better eye for typography, so we were able to drop the ever-so-bland Arial Black.

In other news, we’ve started offering our Trac and SVN ninja skills on a consulting basis. Not sure about hosting with us? Already have your own local install? You can still take advantage of our expertise so you can continue to focus on your code fu. We offer training, support, integration, and migration around Trac and/or Subversion, as well as custom development for Trac.

We’re local to the San Francisco bay area, but we can provide remote assistance when possible anywhere in the world so long as you can put up with our excellent English. Feel free to contact us to get some help or setup something more.

Slightly more information here.

-Jeff

Server stuff and premium plans

February 19, 2007

Hi everybody! I just wanted to break the silence with some updates on what we’re up to. Things have been going well, and they’re about to get even better.

We’re in the testing phase of moving to a new server infrastructure that will let us scale happily and ensure the reliability you deserve. It’s one of those really cool server architectures that everybody wants, but is either too complicated or expensive to set up. More details once we’re on it.

Up until now, I’ve been the sole developer for DevjaVu. With the launch of AllTh.at and a major re-organizing of my time, I’m now able to focus most of my time where it should be: DevjaVu. But I’ve also enlisted the help two other talented and dedicated developers. Together, the three of us are going to build out the rest of the system needed to offer our premium accounts.

Speaking of premium accounts, I’d like to preview the structure of our premium plans. Along with our free offering, which is roughly the equivalent of our private beta accounts, we’re going to have Basic, Plus, and Pro plans. They’re per project and the monthly subscription rates are still being working out. The price and other details for these plans are going to be announced a little later, but we’ve designed them to meet the needs of all walks of developer—from students and open source hackers to web developers and software engineers.

We’re also going to have a special namespace plan that ensures your own project space and gives you a management interface to control projects in your namespace. We have a lot planned for this as well.

That’s about it for now. The sun’s coming up, so I should grab some breakfast and get some sleep.

-Jeff

DevjaVu is presenting at STIRR

September 12, 2006

Me:

devjavu: if apple did sourceforge

David Reid:

hehe
apple is doing sourceforge though
macosforge.org
trac and svn and wordpress

Me:

so it is a lot like if apple did sourceforge!

Tomorrow evening in San Francisco, I’m going to be pitching DevjaVu at STIRR, a mixer for investors and entrepreneurs. CNET’s Editor at large, Rafe Needleman, will be introducing the presenters. He emailed us asking if we can do a Hollywood-style five second hook before our actual 60 second pitches, something along the lines of “It’s like MySpace, but it doesn’t make your eyes bleed.”

Now that I think I’ve got my real pitch down (whew!), I’ve been playing with ideas for this quick one-liner. “If Apple did Sourceforge” is one I like, but I might go with something like “Sourceforge stupidly simple.” What do you guys think? Any other suggestions? : )

-Jeff

Multiple Projects and Disk Space

August 29, 2006

Since making a basic DevjaVu project is free, there’s no big reason to use a single DevjaVu project for several projects. Though there’s nothing stopping you, and it might make sense in some situations, Trac was really designed to house a single project and repository. Right now, projects might not seem completely “free,” since you do have to request an invitation, but please do feel free to request more invites if you have more projects.

This might raise the question of disk space, something we’ve been trying to avoid talking about for a while. The fact that nobody has asked about it reinforces our stance that it’s really not that important and you shouldn’t have to think about it. We believe, and I’m going to quote David Weekly on this, “Storage is a solved problem.”

Does this mean you have unlimited disk space with DevjaVu? Well, sort of. We’re still trying to figure out exactly how to handle this. We know that we don’t want to have to show you a disk quota (something you probably wouldn’t even look at anyway), we know that you should be focusing on making great software and not worrying about disk usage, and we know that we don’t want to use it as a selling point.

We’re most likely going to impose an ever increasing limit that’s mostly transparent to you. Something along the lines of GMail: more than you need, and increases as average usage increases.

Feel free to share your thoughts about this. :)

-Jeff