With awards season upon us, you might think that I was going to write about the 1980’s sitcom with Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, and in its last two seasons, a young Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated for his role in The Revenant. Well, I don’t think I ever watched that show. I was a bachelor in my 20’s living on the Upper East Side. Growing Pains was not on the agenda.
Up until now, the website had a marketing splash page, our blog, and how-to’s and video demos. We’re in the process of rolling out a new version of our website and that’s what’s causing me agita. The new website will ultimately be as useful, I hope, as the app. It does not have all the features yet. However, I thought it was important to have users’ listings visible on a website. As of now, there’s a map that you can zoom to different locations to see the listings, but you can’t search by name yet. That’s part of what I mean by growing pains! Developing QuantumListing the way that we are, with me in New York, and other parts of the team in Bulgaria and India, things don’t always get done as hoped initially. And, seeing the site live but not functioning from the first minutes the way I envisioned takes some getting used to. However, my team is strong and ultimately will deliver a product of which we’re all proud.
I’m not sure it is any better for start ups with tons of angel or seed money, and everyone housed under one roof. I’ve talked lots of other tech entrepreneurs and they all know what I’m talking about, and thankfully they are vocal in their support. Folks like Michael Beckerman from The News Funnel, Linda Harrison from The Broker List, Uwe Siegert from SpotCRE have all been very supportive at times when things were going a little bit off the rails. I don’t think any entrepreneur sleeps well when their vision is not being implemented the way they want and that particular aspect of the project is out of their immediate control, and hearing others’ war stories sure helps. Believe me there are days when I wish I could do the programming myself. I know just enough about WordPress to be dangerous. I can tweak things here and there, but I can’t do any hardcore coding.
In the meantime, I’ll try to live with the growing pains, and knowing that there is growth on the other end of pain makes it tolerable.
David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.