November 18, 2004

Long Time No Blog

Haven't blogged in a while. November's been a busy month:

  • Signed a lease, moved into office space.

  • First two employees started.

  • Scrambling to close the seed investment round for the company.

  • Meetings, phone calls, work, work, work.

No time to blog. I thought about blogging every day. I'd love nothing more than to blog every interesting observation and experience about the startup. All the little things that you have to be mindful of....

  • For instance, the company's called EVDB, Inc. People say, "What's your company name?" I say, "E-V-D-B." They say, "How's that spelled?"

  • Then there's the suite number. It's not 7. It's not 7B. It's 7B2. (The building broke up suite 7 into 7A, 7B, and 7C, and then broke up suite 7B into 7B1 and 7B2.) So, "7B2" is what's written on the gazillion pieces of paperwork a startup must fill out when paying bills, taxes, filing fees with state and federal agencies, etc. You have to be very careful not to make it appear like "7132" on the forms. Because that is what people first assume, not "7B2". Can't be a "B", must've meant "13"... And if you write "7b2" they assume "762". Want a nice office? Be careful of what you ask for. You may get it. It just may have a weird suite number.

  • I've managed to go without the need for a fax for oh, six years. Suddenly everyone needs your fax number, assumes you have a fax machine, and wants to send you faxes all day long. It's so. . . twentieth century. I've not yet bought the fax. Gonna go for a cheap scanner and use MacOS X's built-in faxing capability instead.

  • The onslaught of CapitalOne, D&B, Pitney Bowes, Experian spam. Companies coming out of the woodwork to sell you credit, checking, postage meters, pens, pencils, papers, supplies, you name it. They call you up (inevitably with "Caller ID Blocked" showing on my phone) within days of incorporating the company, asking you for information. "We're just updating our records," they usually begin. "What records?" I usually ask. "Oh, we maintain records of businesses all over the country," their script instructs them to say. "Um, by the way, how did you get this phone number?" I ask. "Oh, we receive information from a variety of sources," they say. "What sources, specifically?" Their script usually doesn't have an answer for this one. "So let me get this straight. You want me to take some time right now on my phone and give you all kinds of information about my company, and then you will charge other companies to get information on my company?" Their script has a clever twist to this question: "Oh, we don't charge you at all, this is entirely free. We just want to update our records." I'm sure they do. They never get anywhere, however. The bottom line is, the federal and state agencies sell information on newly-incorporated companies to these D&B's, Pitney-Bowes's, and Experian's. And they turn their telemarketers loose within days, hounding you for information. I wonder how much the state and federal agencies make on this scam.

  • Meetings as beach walks. One of the perks of having an office at La Jolla Shores. You have engineering meetings . . . at the shore!

Montage of 4 photos taken w/ Treo600

Posted by brian at November 18, 2004 10:57 AM

Comments

Brian,

I have a bone to pick with the use of the tem "engineering" to describe software development. What exactly is "engineered" with writing code? Just curious.

-ME

Posted by: levin at November 19, 2004 11:33 AM

Yeah, his broken comments + not responding to emails have irked me as well. I'm glad I didn't blog about this then, because I was quite excited for you.

Hope it goes well.

Posted by: Jeremy C. Wright at November 21, 2004 12:12 PM

congrats,
all the best!

Posted by: Scott Heiferman at November 23, 2004 05:03 PM

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