Today was a really busy day. It started with 2hrs long meeting with Jani Pirkola from Finland. Jani is the project manager of RealXtend. We have met together with Melanie, Hailing, Lipi and Martin in-world on a SecondLife island. The discussion was centered around the RealXtend open source model, affiliated companies, recent developments, the Otago initiatives around National Virtual Worlds Grid, and the work of W45. It was very first meeting with Jani, and we all really enjoyed it. I think there is lots of overlap between RealXtend’s needs and what W45 can offer, augmented with the efforts and developments of the Otago University.
Then, I had lunch (it was Adrian’s turn to cook, with really nice pasta and lentils-based sauce). After that I had another teleconference meeting, this time with executives of Sun Japan. It felt really nice to be present during Nicolas presentation and being able to participate in discussions and answer questions. The meeting went well, although Skype connection was somewhat broken and audio was often not going through well. There were lots of questions around NDPS and the integration of legacy applications with the new offload model and offload capabilities based on LDoms. Then we have had briefing with Nicolas, talking from Tokyo, after that long conversation with Ryan, discussing again Otago initiatives and the work of W45. It felt like world truly shrunk, and the distance does not matter that much anymore for discussing ideas, and socialising with people spread around the globe. Very busy day. Lots of discussions. Not much development work done.
Lipi gave me this interesting article: a fundraising survival guide. There are few really good points, some of which give a hint of the long standing dilemma: consult or not to consult. On one hand, from a VC perspective: “We try to avoid companies that got bootstrapped with consulting. It creates very bad behaviours/instincts that are hard to erase from a company’s culture.” On the other hand: “So long as you are careful not to get sucked permanently into consulting, this could even have advantages. You’d understand your users well [..] [and also] you might be able to get big-name users using your software that you wouldn’t have gotten as a product company.”