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).

some guy said on January 04, 2005

there's no apostrophe in "Investors"

i hope your code is better than your grammar ^_^

Jonathan Snook said on January 04, 2005

Good eye! I, too, hope my code is better than my grammar! ha...

Demetrius A. Ford said on January 29, 2006

Hey Jonathan I like your style. Very imaginative. The only problem I have with giving people an interest in a company that is an unknown is simple: Craiglist gave shares of his company to investors and or employees. When they quit, craiglist had become very popular. They basically sold their controling interest in the company to ebay. Luckily Craig (owner of Craiglist) was able to develop a good relationship with ebay! So basically ebay got in on Craiglist on the cheap and now owns part of it. Trust no one. I repeat trust no one. I am an entrepreneur, a cop (day job) and someone who has been beaten out of 20,000 dollars by someone who I thought had a great business idea. Again trust no one. Research who they're and what there intentions are. Hopefully this will save you from a bad experience and money lost. By the way I have a web application idea or 2. This would be an application for police e-mail, off duty jobs, viewing police reports, etc. I work for a very good Police Department (Orlando Police) but are software applications are terrible. Like most police applications, are pretty bad. A nice CSS web interface along with a flexible backend i.e. Ruby, php, python, etc would kick ass. The application(s) could be leased on a as needed basis, i.e salesforce.com. One of the Networking guys who works for the city has stressed the same thing. There is definitely money to be made on this level. If you're interested in teaming up on creating applications for this sort of venue, then I would be a good candidate to work with. please let me know. My name is Demetrius A. Ford and I am employed with the Orlando Police Department in Orlando, Florida.

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