In February of 2008, I founded Widefido as something to work on in my spare time during nights and weekends. A few months later I released my first product, TodoPaper, a simple plain-text todo app for Windows, inspired by Hogbay Software’s Taskpaper for the Mac. Some even call TodoPaper “TaskPaper for Windows” and I am grateful for such recognition.
For the past five years, I’ve continued to run Widefido. I’ve been developing and testing TodoPaper 2 in my ever shrinking free-time, and, as the months (and years) have flown by, Widefido has grown into a stable business. But, unfortunately, Widefido’s been a business that has been impeded by my conflicting day-job priorities.
I’m happy to say, though, that this is not the case any longer. As of Monday, February 4, 2012, I will be running Widefido full-time. That’s right, I’m taking the leap with Widefido and focusing on delivering to you the best possible software.
So, what does this mean for Widefido, TodoPaper, and the upcoming months?
I’m going to be focusing on delivering TodoPaper 2 to public beta (for real this time) as quickly as possible. Now that it has my full attention, I should be able to accomplish this quickly. I will be posting weekly status updates on the development to help everybody understand what is left to be built and fixed, and when you all will be able to get your hands on the app. By the way, if you’re interested in being one of the first to get access to the public beta, sign up here: http://widefido.wufoo.com/forms/todopaper-20/
I have a couple of other products and services in development. These products will fit well within the Widefido family and I hope that many of you will find them useful. My goal continues to be to build simple software, useful software, productive software. As Derek Sivers (CD Baby) said: “a company is a laboratory for your ideas.”
I will be taking on some small consulting projects to keep the cashflow up while I get used to running the business full-time. If you’re interested in learning about my skillset and how I can help your business grow, please feel free to get in touch: http://widefido.com/contact/
I will be posting to the blog about the business, the directions I’m taking with my various products, my marketing approaches, and various other topics. I want to be transparent as I grow Widefido, similar to other businesses I admire, and I hope that you all will benefit from that transparency as much as I have.
Running Widefido full-time also means that I am going to try to be much more responsive on my incoming email and skype messages from you all. I’ve let this slip to almost a week before I get a response out. I hope to drive this down to one day max. Please hold me to this.
This experience is going to be fun. I love making things and solving problems with software. I’m very excited and can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on!
Here’s to 2013 being a great year!