See this? This is a working tookapic app. With push notifications and shit. It's not perfect. It still lacks some features. But it's working and I've been using it for few months now.
Why haven't you released it yet, you might ask. Well, first of, I don't actually have it. The company that was responsible for developing the app screwed us completely. They screwed us to the point when an actual lawyer was needed.
The app was supposed to be ready for release after 15 days from signing the papers. Today is the 228th day. It's a bit late. Just a tiny, little bit late.
Why don't you go to someone else to finish it, you might ask. Well, I don't have the source code. All I have right now is the only working release on my iPhone. Nothing else.
Because of that company we've lost more than 7 months. We've lost the best date to grow our community (January 1st). We've lost a ton of money. And what's even worse, I've been really stressed over the fact for couple of months now.
Why don't you go to another company to develop the app from scratch, you might ask. Well, simply because we have no budget. As mentioned before. We've lost a ton of money in that app that will probably never be released.
All of you got an email recently asking you about your experience with tookapic and how can we make it better. Guess what was the number one answer. Mobile app. That's right.
The money is getting tight at tookapic. The savings are pretty much gone. We have no budget for marketing. There is almost no growth. February was actually the first month of decline we had. And it doesn't look good.
I've been fighting to make tookapic work for almost one and a half year. And it's really hard to imagine my day without tookapic. It was my full-time job for the last 10 months.
Was it a well paying job, you might ask. Well, it wasn't. In fact, the income never even covered the hosting costs. Whole site, the development team was funded (and still is) from my personal savings. But there's a certain bank account balance at which I should say "Stop". And that number is getting really close.
Whose fault it is, you might ask. It's mine. I was always good at creating really good stuff. And at the same point I was never even close to good at selling the stuff. Nor was I ever good at delegating. That's why I was trying to do as much as I could myself.
Never a good idea.
So what now, you might ask. What about my yearly hero subscription? You shouldn't really worry about that. Even If I was to close tookapic, you'd get the refunds. But for now, I honestly have no idea what's next. I don't want to shut the site down. Probably because I'm to weak for that. It was too big part of my life. Hell, even right now I'm still doodling some improvements to the site based on your feedback.
I'm at the point where I'd consider any idea, really. So if you have one. You know how to reach me.