Four years later, it’s hard to believe we finally made it. Ourplot.com is no longer a figure of my imagination, it’s not an idea on a piece of paper, nor is it a design lost folder in a folder somewhere next to an unfinished piece of code. Ourplot is now a reality!
Looking back at how everything started, it’s not so hard to understand why it took so long to get here. Most of my professional life has been focused in helping other people build their own dreams, by helping start ups
The secret to getting here was actually very straight forward, and unsurprisingly, it had very little to do with me. Ourplot was made a reality by the team that built it. A team of passionate talented developers that believed in what we were trying to achieve enough to work weekends, nights without any regard for common sense or a social life!
It was a tremendous leap of faith from a very special group of people that made this a reality. I would like to start by thanking Terenze Yuen of the most competent and talented Frontend Developers I have ever come across. Terenze’s passion and energy is contagious, and he has been an inspiration to the entire team moving forward.
Neal Mullen, our outstanding designer resurrected our UI by recreating an entire design that had been in place for 2 years, and giving life to this project again.
Alex Vidovic literally resolved the most complex technical problem that was blocking the project for months in a couple of weeks. By doing this, he pushed us forward and everything started to happen faster.
Goran Despotoski’s talent has also been a breath of fresh air and he has been a fundamental part of the team.
Krish Dutta started the project along side me. Krish laid the foundations of our project, and without him, Ourplot.com would not have been possible.
Finally, I have to thank my wife. It takes a special Woman to withstand the hardships of being with someone that works obsessively and does not know when to stop. She is the basis of everything I am, do and will potentially become.
There is no question in my mind whether this project will succeed or not. In my mind, it already has.
As promised, here we go! Unfortunately as you might have imagined by now the development of the project suffered a major step back two months ago and the progress was almost halted. We continued to progress everyday but the pace was very slow, it became impossible to predict when we would be able to go beta.
I have to confess that when I first started I had no idea of the sheer dimension of what I was getting into. I have worked on hundreds of projects through the years, some of them were technically complex but nothing quite like this.
Fortunately all of these mishaps are a thing of the past, during the last month we have reached a stage of the project where every major functionality has been developed and is in place, and we are very close to entering our beta testing phase.
I don’t think I have ever written about this, but the project was intended to be released on the 5th of November 2010, and coincidently one year later it’s the exact release date.
This date has a lot of personal meaning to me, and it is the definite “do or break
I am aware of how long it has been since the last update, but a major update is going to be released today, fixing the main issue that has been affecting our project at the moment, site speed!
Will keep you posted and will circulate an update soon!
It has been a long time since I have updated our project’s log, the closer we get to launch day the more hectic things are getting.
At this moment all of core functionalities of the frontoffice and backoffice are in place, we are now focusing on delivering details, and unfortunately these are taking a long time to complete.
As you might have guessed by now we will not be able to comply with the release date that we committed too, it’s the second time we have let you all down.
The project’s immensity has really taken a toll on the development team, and we were faced with technical challenged that were impossible to predict.
Tonight I will be issuing a formal statement with the project’s new release date.
You have all been fantastic and your emails of encouragement are truly what keeps us going strong despite all of the mishaps.
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It’s been awhile since I have provided you guys with an update. So this week we have taken our first break since the project has began, Krish has been working non-stop and desperately needed a break. We have really made good progress on week 11, so next week things should pick up at a very good pace.
For those you who missed the post, we announced that we had to delay our launch date a couple of weeks back , but as things stand we are ahead of schedule.
Will keep you guys posted, and this weekend I have a small susprise/present to all of our blog members.
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the site’s release date has been moved to the 20th of July, coincidently the same day Armstrong walked on the moon. We did our best to comply with our first commitment, but as the release date approaches it became more evident that while it was possible to release the site on the day, it was not going to be released the way it should, fully tested and bug free.