“Do you worry now for starting your startup ?”

December 23, 2008

How you tackle questions like ‘Do you worry now for starting your startup’? etc.

That was what Venkatramanan asked in a comment.

To answer that…

First, I never got asked that question.

Second, if asked, the answer is : “No, not at all !!”.

If I had waited for another month or so, the financial meltdown and its impact could have been far more visible and could have triggered a lot of suggestions to not quit a “secure” job.

But once the decision was made and I was out on my own, the only option was to go ahead and succeed.

Also, since I believe that I can easily meet my required income levels within a year, even by just targeting the Indian market alone, it was not very much of a risk worth worrying about.

Offering affordable software via the SaaS route and helping people save money spent on software, is a position of advantage, during this period of crisis.

Association management software is just the start. More exciting solutions will roll out.

The timing could not have been better.

Oops, too late already ; Need to catch the 7:20 am bus to SVCE, Sriperumbudur to attend the Ministry of MSME sponsored Business Skill Development Programme.

But, before I publish this post, here goes my ad..

Want to save money on software ?

Try out our Free HOA Management Software.

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Free HOA Software now enables Organizing Cultural and Sports Events

December 19, 2008

Our Free Online Home Owners’ Association (HOA) Software now enables organizing events within the residential community.

Moderators can now add Events and assign Organizers for each event. Such Organizers, who are usually members of the residential community, will then have permissions to add/remove Volunteers, Participants and Sponsors for that specific event.

Online Demo : HOA Events in Dashboard
Online Demo : HOA Events Listing page

Apart from the Organizers, Volunteers, Participants and Sponsors, each event can also have an associated Discussion/Announcement page and an associated Document, like for the Guidelines or Rules for Sports Events or Agenda for the Cultural Events.

Online Demo : HOA Event Details (includes details of Organizers, Volunteers, Partipants and Sponsors)

Apart from this, Events can also have Sub-Events, so as to divide and manage them with ease. Each such Sub-Event can inturn have Organizers, Volunteers, Participants, Sponsors, associated Discussion/Announcement, associated Document and of course Sub-Events again.

Online Demo : Sub-Events for a Major HOA Event

Completed events will be archived, automatically.

The Proposed Pricing Plans for the Online HOA is now available and includes details on how they compare with the Free Edition of HOA.

If you would like to try this out for your residential community, please send an email from your gmail-account mentioning your apartment name to r.rajkumar@gmail.com

We welcome your feedback on the new features and on the proposed pricing plans.


Annoucements and Discussions now supported in HomeOwners’ Association Management Software

December 9, 2008

Another upgrade, and now, we have added support for making announcements and collaborating on topics of interest, using discussions. The announcement and discussions will be private to the HOA’s residential community.

Online Demo : HOA Announcements

Online Demo : HOA Discussions

Announcements can be made only by moderator level user, while commenting on the announcement thread can be by any registered member of the HomeOwners’ Association.

Initiating and commenting on discussion threads can be by any registered user of the HOA.

BBCode, which was supported in the Documents feature, is also supported in Announcement and Discussion posts.

Check out the features and let me know if you have any inputs on improving things.

If you want to start using this software for your residential community, let me know ( r.rajkumar [at] gmail [dot] com), so that I will create an account, accessible via an URL like http://www.residentialcommunity.in/YourApartmentName and make you the moderator.

By the way, I forgot to tell you : I plan to offer a free version !!

Yes, there will always be a “fairly generous free edition“, which will be ad-supported.

Note : Since I have planned to attend a training program for the next 22 working days (details later), instantaneous fixes/improvements will have to wait until late evenings. Of course, features will keep rolling in at the same rate.