So, for about the tenth time, I finally finished my "nyan cat", and published it, to see what's gonna happen? Some time after, I got an email, that they refused to publish it, and gave me some bullsh*t (one or more of the following) reasons. So one, or more? Why don't they tell me specifically? And some of the reasons were hurtful for someone, who tried so hard to finish something.
Anyway... As I sad before, I like the idea, but the implementation is pretty flawed, and painfully slow.
In a 7x7 grid theres still a lot of variations (2^49?) - ranging down to the 'single pixel' works of early 20th century avant-garde monochromatic paintings.
Anyhow, neat product and I'm sure even a lawsuit from Midway/Atari would be good press.
But oh-my-gosh is your server slow! Having to wait 60s between page loads is stopping me from exploring your collection and buying stuff. You need to fix the speed issue, because it's costing you money, right now.
"It all starts with the kaz" prominently featured here
'Sti cazzi' is a common phrase that is used to express lack of interest in central Italy (who gives a flying fuck!) or amazement in northern Italy (holy shit!).
Naming products for an international market is quite difficult: in the 90s Sega tried to sell their game consoles into the Italian market and failed miserably because (my interpretation) nobody wanted to publicize that he bought a product whose name means "masturbation". The Nissan Pajero is another example, they had to rename it Montero in some Spanish-speaking countries.
They say it's good for business.
(For those who don't know, mofo is English shorthand for "motherfucker".)
However, the website is very slow, I don't know much about your tech team, but IMHO this is something you should investigate if you want to increase your conversion rate.
I'm pretty sure you are a couple of guys who setup a wordpress site with a generic theme on a shared server. Also it seems to be having trouble handling the small amount of traffic that comes from 5am hacker news.
PS: we know puxxle, we existed before them and there's no user generated content on puxxle.
The difference between a startup and a business is that a startup is usually trying to solve a problem (often through the use of technology, a.k.a. hi-tech) in the hope that the "invention" pays off. These sorts of high risk businesses often don't get loans from banks. That's where investors come in.
So, as pfisch is saying, selling stickers on the Internet is not a startup.
I hope you guys do well. It looks like a well executed project.
Did you guys take VC money or something? This just looks like a normal business to me. I mean I run a small business that makes mobile apps. Is that a start up as well? Is any kind of business with a website that sells something a start up?
Would this company be more of a startup if their website was powered with a custom made app written in Erlang on the backend and Haxe on the frontend? ...
Would this company be more of a startup if they could lure some VCs to invest in them? ...
Please come back to earth and provide constructive comments, or better arguments, like pan69 did .
eric ries, in his book The Lean Startup, defines it as follows:
"A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty."
so lets see. Is this website a human institution? Probably. If its not, it certainly passed the Turing test.
Is it designed to create a new product or service? not really. Its selling stickers that the user has the ability to customize. This isn't all that new or original of a concept.
Is it doing so under extreme uncertainty? I would say not. This is selling a product that there is already known demand for. It is not extremely uncertain if there is a market for their product.
So my 2 cents is that this is not a "start up" but rather merely a new web business. Still, good for them! May the Force be with them, and may they find beautiful solutions to their problems.
Nonetheless i'll probably order a few for our glass doors in the office.