There are lots of highs one hits when starting a new software business: settling on the name, seeing the first version up and running on the staging server, getting featured in a publication, signing investment on, and many more.
But there;s one high that takes the cake in my opinion, and that's the feeling you get once the service is real and real clients can start signing up and using it. While Spreedly has been handling subscriptions for real sites since October of last year, we;ve just sent out a batch of invites that will increase our client base 10√ó. Needless to say, we're psyched! So why invites? Why not just open the doors to the general public? Well, one of the interesting things about Spreedly is that it's a platform upon which many different types of businesses will build. Because of that, we want to get at least one more round of feedback under our belts before going to general availability so we can make sure there aren't any gaping holes in the offering.
No matter how smart we are, we're sure that the next round of users are going to make the service 10x better. A quick example of this in action: we learned in an earlier round of new clients that using the Paypal sandbox was a huge hindrance to getting started with Spreedly. So we went back to the drawing board and implemented our own sandbox, with the result being a built-in, incredibly easy to use test site for each client. And now our new invitees will have a great initial Spreedly experience instead of mucking around in Paypal, which is totally worth the gradual growth to date.
So, if you're one of the recent invitees, please do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback, we want to hear from you! If you're not an invitee but want to be one if we do another round of invites, head over to http://spreedly.com and add your name to the list. We can't wait for you to get a chance to sign up and check it out!