What is juwo?
In October 2005, when the initial prototype was finished, nothing came close to juwo. Now, I find several, with quite a few of the same features. It still has an advantage - the concept is still unique and (In My Humble Opinion), powerful. It has many potential applications and uses.
The more I delay, the more likely someone else will catch up and move ahead. And then it will really be wasted breath, sweat, years, money.
Potential competitors: dabble.com, veotag.com, supcast, abazab, wiki, click.tv, podcasts, filenotes organizer, Media Matrix.
The problem is: It took me 12 months, full-time, to iterate through and develop a prototype, plus another 6 months to unsuccessfully try and build a business.
- to make it more user friendly (help wizards etc) as people said it wasn't.
- support other media players (right now, only Windows Media Player supported).
But even so, I lack co-founders, customers and investors.
Now I have a job, and can barely do it on the weekends.
Should I just release what I have?
So I am thinking of adding a legal disclaimer screen, and a feedback form and then releasing it.
However, here is the conundrum:
I am sure potential competitors will download it and perhaps copy any concepts they didnt think of.
But on the other hand, I have always been profoundly impressed by those who follow this saying, "Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again".
Is it lose-lose?
How can I make it Win-Win? (get some money out of it).
P.S. I can share a percentage of any profit from juwo - for a certain time eg. 1 year with those who will help out with concrete help.