I just came a cross the process you are outlinining and your timing couldnt be better. I am embarking on a web project that will require a full CMS. I am hoping to be able to take some valuable info from your processs, and possibly use your product if it is offered in such a way.
I look forward to reading the rest.
Best Regards,

Gabriel Mihalache said on October 19, 2004

I don't know if it has been said before, but "Gain" sound and looks just lime "Gain", that spyware crap which comes bundled with Kazaa and other "free" software.

When I see "gain" I usually click uninstall :-)

Jonathan Snook said on October 19, 2004

I've also heard that the name Gain is very close to Gaim. I can only hope that GainCMS will create an identity unto its own and I won't have to do a whole rebranding down the road!

Gary said on December 06, 2004

Just a though... Why not think small. I think you would have an easier time getting 100.00 from a bunch of people then getting the whole amount from one. Dean Allen of textism.com started his hosting company, textdrive.com by getting 200 people to pay 200.00 dollars each. He gave these people a perk, free hosting for the life of the company.

Now all you need to do is:

1. Document the whole process. (for your future book deal)
2. Figure out how much money you need to live and work/divided by the number of people you think realistically might invest.
3. Tightly define GAINCMS and its place in the market.
4. Figure a way to offer something special to get people to invest in your project. (form a small company and offer non-voting stock to the "investors," everyone likes to get something, or receive something that makes them feel special or unique. How about their investment buys them a "franchise" for supporting GAINCMS or maybe have a special "investors" addition of your project)
5. Host your project at textdrive.com (they offer opensource developers a place to develope their projects and a way to make some money. The main Wordpress developer only recieved 600.00 dollars in support from the opensource community. ouch!)
6. Finally become a national recognized speaker helping millions of developers wishing they to could work all day long on the things they love and get paid. The program would be available on video cassette, cdrom, or dvd for 3 easy payments of 29.95.
7. Retire!

Good luck Jonathan,


Ps. Consider me your first investor (How much do I owe you).

lorenz said on January 03, 2006

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