If you have questions, I'd be happy to... board a 12 hour flight back to Japan in approximately 5 minutes. Feel free to ask me over email some other day.
Complete notes from all Microconf 2013 talks (including Patrick's, Jason Cohen's, mine) are here: http://www.it-engelhardt.de/microconf-2013-hub-page/
Videos should be available in a few months.
PS: I now know that I'm missing a 'h' :-)
MicroConf was AMAZING. If you haven't seen Patrick speak, you really need to. And you still have a chance to this month in Philadelphia: http://baconbiz.com
So its OSS, which may or may not be a good idea, but this does beg the question - how much of my needs are likely to replicate into the communities needs or is it just worthwhile for everyone sticking with their own me-ware for now?
I like patio11's approach and agree we should write our own business systems to meet our particular need - I am finishing off a CMS that I have also opensourced (it's text and templates and cookies for tracking, about 100 lines)
Now I am not promoting that codebase, only releasing it cos I don't want to waste a GitHub private repo. But I do wonder if we should all write our own CMS / mailchimp / an tester or if we should community build them or just roll up packages
Partly I am asking what are the common functions we should all have a custom builds and partly where do we draw the line on build vs "buy"
The catch: I must be allowed to self-host. This is almost impossible to find since everybody seems to rely on 3rd party email services.
Look in my profile to see who I am and why I'd say this, but as a quick summary, I have years of experience and have also helped companies set up autoresponders that do over 1M emails a day, and that's exactly why I say this. It is a clusterf*ck and a rabbit hole a mile deep and a mile wide. Pay the money (or in Mailchimp's case, don't pay any money until you get bigger.) It is worth EVERY penny.
By the way, any good autoresponder (I use Mailchimp and Aweber and like them both for different purposes) will let you easily export/back up contacts, and none of the big companies are going anywhere.
Deliverability is a nightmare (client of mine lost 5 figures, because his admins [at Germany's biggest hosting company] messed up the DNS setup).
There's a reason why there are so many companies doing email delivery as a service (SendGrid, MailGun, Postmark - to name a few)
Or do you want to sell your product?
It boils down to that. Spend your time doing what you are GREAT at and what you WANT to do. Are you great at email deliverability? Do you want to spend your time becoming an expert on that? Probably not.
I know how to change the oil in my car. I know how to mow my lawn. I know how to clean toilets. I don't do any of those things because they are a huge waste of my time that is better spent elsewhere. Same thing goes here.