In last year’s looking forward post, I listed seven things I wanted Infovark to accomplish. I said these were not predictions, but action items.
And it’s a good thing that they weren’t predictions, because we managed to check off barely two items on that seven-point plan.
We did contribute minor fixes to two or three open source projects we use, and we did publish one or two blog articles that garnered some attention, even though we posted much less often. But all of the items having to do with our product and our (potential) customers slipped.
Granted, 2010 was a challenging year. Our carefully hoarded seed money finally ran out. Gordon, my co-founder, has been increasingly consumed by his day job. And our Infovark 1.0 release was greeted — for the most part — with deafening silence.
Once it became clear that we had a lot of people trying the product but not buying it, we knew that we needed to make some important changes. Ones that would change our game plan quite a bit. In May, we hinted at a major course correction. With a new roadmap in place, we set out to rebuild Infovark.
That work is still ongoing. We’re closing in on a new release of Infovark, with a new focus on personal information management. I’m pleased with how things are starting to come together, even if it’s taken us much longer than planned.
Like last year, I don’t plan on making predictions. But I do like having a plan, even if I can’t guarantee that we’ll reach these milestones next year. So here’s the action items for 2011:
It’s a smaller list than last year, with some familiar items carried forward. With a sharper focus, I’m looking forward to crossing all of these items off.
Happy New Year!