Many of you might recognize a feeling I can only describe as "cautious elation." This is my 3rd time personally launching my own product. Success often comes when you least expect it. Failure often bites you when you're most confident.
But Xapnik is ready for prime time, so here goes! Can't succeed or fail without launching.
I struggled at the beginning of August to debug, myself, the last blocking issue with the app. I finally got help, paid help. I've been burned (a LOT) by "help" in the past, so I wasn't optimistic. But I got lucky. I found someone who is experienced, honest, dogged, curious, and interested in continuing to work with me. He solved my problems in about 10 hours (across three days), all while I followed along and learned from what he was doing. Grateful doesn't begin to describe how I feel!
(Side note: I've hired and managed freelance developers for 20 years. Here's what I've learned: cheap never is. Hire the very best person you can find and pay their standard rate. Please reach out if I can ever help you in this area.)
So, I'm in the process of submitting our app store application. Any advice for making the app really shine?
Meanwhile, Test Flight invites are going out to people who've previously expressed interest in using Xapnik when it launches. If you'd like to try it, please do leave a comment or reach out directly. It's free.
If the gods smile on me, Xapnik will launch on the app store some time next week. Wish me luck!
One more thing I'm grateful for: the IH community. This is a unique place for so many reasons, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.