I am considering jumping into consulting/product company focusing on search technology (specifically Apache Solr as first step). I want to know how many startups see Search as important to their stack and how many of those struggle with actually getting it going, at least beyond “put words in, getting something back” (npmjs!).
Differently from others, I am less interested in being your “only/primary” consultant and am a lot more interested in helping companies to quickly understand the value of search in their stack, seeing how their data can be searched and - paying me for - getting them off the ground quickly. This would involve things like training internal team to understand Search concept/implementation issues and doing initial POVs with their own data.
The product part is - mostly - freemium SAAS to answer ongoing question easier, help troubleshoot installations, etc. I already have the basic information service available at solr-start.com but there is 10 times more stuff that will be when I make the jump. Others are being quite successful with quepid.com which is similar but different to my own ideas.
There may even be a “Search Academy” in the books, for later.
Tell me your search stories…