Thanks James, yes that big shift towards freelancing is a big part of why we’re building Makelight. It’s a different type of freelance, more about having your own audience than working for a middleman. It’s more direct, which can be great, but comes with additional new challenges. Hopefully that’s where we fit in!
Hi Sarah, That’s interesting! I spent the year before Makelight kicked off working with Jordan, Hattie and the team at Rainmaking. Lovely folks. I was looking at the Ikea bootcamp actually, because there’s a lot of colour theory / analytics / AI tech in our plan. It looked like it was aimed at folks with physical products though?
I’m with you on this. I decided on “playfully hacking on things that matter” a few years ago, kind of lost my way with a VC-backed startup, but now I’m back on that path again with Makelight.com
I’d love to have a chat about this. Could be a good podcast conversation!
Thanks for making an awesome product. Sad to hear the business side just didn’t work out. We literally just published a @makelight post recommending Triggertrap to our users today. Best of luck to the team.
Thanks Noam! It really does feel like another child sometimes… and you’re right about being able to afford it. That’s why we’re thinking that taking a loan might be the best way, or doing something along the lines of Indie VC (they have a creative commons term sheet) might be the best path.
Feels like one of those early inflection points!
I did the same a while back, and wrote about it here: https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/ignore-the-news-297e47e6f78b
I think it’s a good experiment — it makes you pay attention to what information you’re taking in, but ultimately I found that I steadily shifted back to my old level of reading, with a little more awareness of what I was clicking on.
Thanks Craig. It’s been interesting how many comments I’ve had in various places about this. Perhaps it’s us all growing up and realising that we’re not after accolades and recognition, but real validation of an idea? I’ll be writing a little more about this now I’m feeling unstuck!
When I built the website for the V&A museum’s Arts and Crafts exhibition, we shot Quicktime VR (remember that?) of the space. You could wander around and see the exhibition without being there. I found a way to make click areas in those Quicktime movies so that you could click on an object within a scene and then jump to a page with another Quicktime…