While we have been cranking away, the world still turns and the fall audition season is already almost upon us!
It has been a little since my last blog post — I’ve been to Congo and back (literally) and have focused my time working on Velvet Singer primarily on bringing my loyal crop of customers up to speed on Version 3.0. The early responses have been overwhelmingly positive and supportive… and I myself have found the new interface super slick and fast. Naturally, I have a few other things I’d like to do, but that is what 3.1 is for, right?
Velvet Singer 3.0, seemingly without really “working it” has also gotten tons of tech PR lately. Amazing confirmation to see this types of game changing buzz come in. And I am always encouraged to know I’ve built something that above all serves my customers well. Just like classical singing, you have to love the process as much as you love the result.
FileMaker Inc. featured Velvet Singer prominently in the OPENING pitch at the last developer’s conference, in front of thousands of the world’s best developers! See http://www.filemaker.com/developers/devcon/. It was staggering to think of the honor, and a great treat for me personally. The speaker literally used Velvet Singer as the center piece for demonstrating some of the new features in FileMaker 12.
I also was a guest speaker at the inaugural FileMaker Product Conference, a conference specifically designed to help developers like me who sell products built using FileMaker. Again, I was humbled and delighted to get to share some of the things I’ve learned through this journey, and to learn from and be inspired by some heavy-hitting minds in similar businesses. I gave a seminar on creating business plans for startups, and another on sales generation through four layers of building genuine trust with customers.
Lastly, I was able to use Velvet Singer as a platform to discuss paradigms of user interface design with my colleagues at Soliant Consulting during one of our team “lunch and learns” in Chicago.