I’m all set for a good few months hard work and I’m going to split my time between writing my story, and setting up an online business, which I hope to launch nine months from now in Ireland. I’ve got the domain names parked already, and I started researching my idea privately last month, with encouraging feedback.
I’m going to have to work with people on it, it’s too big for one person. I once ran an internet business and did very well out of it in London, in the mid- to late-nineties. But the web has changed so much from simple HTML and perl, and I have been out of the IT loop for at least five years. I will need flash and RSS feeds and blogging-like software, audio and video streaming at some stage, and multiple paid user accounts and passwords and permissions and wiki-wikis and all sorts of gadgets and gizmos behind the scenes but with Google-like visual simplicity for the visitor/user, and I reluctantly concede it’s better for younger folk to do that sort of thing rather than me spending the next nine months trying to teach myself everything from scratch. I think I could do it, but I’d be a basket-case, and that’s a false economy. This is a general invitation: if anyone’s interest is piqued, my email link is below.
I think I’m on to a winner, but for the project to work there has to be a lot of goodwill towards me and it. I’ll have to get some opinion-makers in various fields on board to give the project some clout from early on, as well as the usual: business plans, banking facilities, premises, reliable service providers, telephones, etc. At some stage I’ll set up a separate blog to explain what the idea is, and chart its progress. I’m watching SpoiltChild Design’s Pinstripe and Keith Bohanna’s Pure Play projects with great interest.
P.S. Bootboy articles are still going to appear here every fortnight, I’m writing one now, but the good folk in Dublin asked me to delay publishing the column on the blog for a couple of weeks so the Hot Press website gets the “scoop” first.