It’s been over a year since I’ve been active in the forums here, and I have to say that the activity is REALLY exciting!
I wanted to reintroduce myself since it’s been so long and update those that were around in the early days in terms of what I’ve been doing.
I originally had started a bootstrap company called iOffertory that was a online donation tool focused at mobile donations fast transactions and user engagement.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the savings, patience, or sales skills to bootstrap the company with its business model.
I attempted to get some income working part time, but found that I didn’t really like having to fight time freelance vs my own product.
Around September of last year, one of my contract employers offered me a full-time position after two weeks of me saying “I’ll work as much as I can fit in this week” and putting in 40-50 hours a week.
I actually was really hesitant about taking a full-time position for another company since I still liked the ownership of my own company.
But, in the end, financial security and the realization that my current company was unlikely to be profitable for a while ended up having me accept the offer.
Since then, I’ve been working as a senior developer at my company and have been through multiple clients as well as quite a few company changes.
Then the bootstrap bug came back to me.
Around May of this year, I began thinking of creating my own screencasts site for teaching Single Page Application development in the same vein as what Laracasts does for Laravel and PHP.
I had started by looking at selling content to an existing site like Envato or Pluralsite but never really felt right about the end-user engagement that these platforms offered and wanted something to call my own.
So, at the end of the day, I ended up creating EmberGrep.com and released my first course last week.
It’s been an interesting ride so far, and I hope to share more of this story with you all and hopefully get some opinions on next steps.