Mondays at POINT
"For me, the winning strategy in any start-up business is, 'Think big but start small.'" - Carmen Busquets
Do you remember what Facebook looked like when you first signed up? How about Twitter? Amazon?
From 2004 to 2006, Facebook was known as thefacebook.com. What now is one of the most widely used, well-known websites in the world began as a private, university-system website, born out of college sophomore Mark Zuckerberg's dorm room at Harvard University.
Twitter - launched in 2006 - was first dubbed Twttr, a platform where mobile phone users would text to 40404 a message (now 'tweet') of their choosing and it would be blasted to their friend's phones who also had signed up for messages on Twttr. The founder is said to have run the early phase of the platform for a few thousand people on his IBM Thinkpad with a Verizon Wireless card. Renamed Twitter, it now has 232 million users.
And let's not forget Amazon, whose start was launched in a garage and the company's only product was books. The $157.52 billion company now has over 270 million active users.
POINT's team is driven to think big and yet practical enough to start small. We know we can't blast out of the gates of development with a perfected product, but do know that with the willingness and drive POINT's team members have, we can successfully start small and build big.
What does this mean for the app?
Simply put, certain features of POINT's dream app need to be cut (I like to think 'put on pause') for the sake of the budget for development. Coming out of the gates, we'll liken ourselves to the books-only version of Amazon - a great foundation to build on. The development phase that POINT app is in will include essential elements of connecting you to charity, which is what we're all about. The great opportunity we have in this is to release and refine what works and what doesn't. As you, the users, begin to interact with the newly released social media for charity, what works and what doesn't will begin to take form out of your valued feedback. All of us here at POINT are incredibly excited to continue building alongside you.
Any other Monday updates?
We're at the end of the home stretch to choose who will develop POINT app! The news will be out soon, so keep up with us on our Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram to make sure you're one of the first to know.
Today marks day 4 of POINT's 10-Day Challenge: Water! If you missed it, check out Blog Contributor Sarah Grainger's challenge to you and all of us to conserve water. There are effortless choices you can make this week to have an impact on water usage; we don't have to wait for POINT app to make some changes. Personally, taking the challenge has heightened awareness in me of the ease with which we use a most under-appreciated resource. Doing the math, I've already saved dozens of gallons of water!
Let me know on Twitter what you've done so far to conserve the water you use - like sending me a screenshot of how short your shower was...only as a proof of your purposeful conservation of shower water of course (#notacreep). (Thanks, @RileyandAllyson!).
Thanks to you, our POINT family, for keeping up with us as we develop and for building this social media for charity with us. It is a labor of love and we wouldn't have it any other way.
To thinking big and starting small,