The Tech.pro team has been working very hard over the past six months, and as a result, we have not posted an announcement in some time. That will change starting today.
Some of you may be wondering why we haven't announced a winner for our monthly tutorial writing contest in several months. The reason, although not excusable, really boils down to the simple fact: startups are difficult.
I commonly joke with people that a more apt title for a founder is "Lead Janitor", inspired by Joel Spolsky's Servant Leadership, but recently I have developed a new theory:
Founders are Firefighters
Despite being a technical founder, sometimes I feel like my day more closely resembles being a firefighter in a city surrounded by erupting volcanoes than a web developer in a home office.
Whether you're dealing with a customer who is having issues, debugging a critical bug in production, or trying to figure out whether a sudden dip in traffic is your fault or Google's, there always seems to be a fire that needs putting out. This all goes to say that this type of environment completely alters your priority list. Fortunately, the bulk of the fires are now put out and we can get back to what we intended on working on: Tech.pro.
The Tech.pro platform
I've mentioned in previous blogs how we built the software of Tech.pro to be completely multi-tenant. Recently we launched our second professional network, oilpro.com, which demonstrated the flexibility of the software that Tech.pro runs on (although it may have created a few fires along the way).
Over the last five months, Oilpro has exploded with growth and has taken a significant chunk of our focus and energy to manage it properly. An unfortunate side effect of this was that the Tech.pro contest simple kept getting shoved back in the priority list. Not cool. We apologize for this and will make it right.
Our passion is software development and we can assure you that our attention is now focused on taking the Tech.pro Movement to the next level. Fortunately, this movement is about much more than the handful of developers at Tech.pro. Great writers like Sampath, Lukas, Bradley, Christian, Pavlos, Dustin, and many others have been keeping Tech.pro going full force in our absence.
So now, playing a bit of catch-up... we are pleased to announce the Tech.pro $1,000 prize winners over the past 6 months!
Congratulations to the six of them! We also want to thank everyone else who contributed.
Finally, we'd like to announce that we are discontinuing the contest in the immediate future. We like the idea of having a contest and incentives for users to write quality content, but think it needs to be structured differently in order to be successful. If you have any opinions on ways we can do this better, please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tech.pro team
P.S. We have some very exciting about some new features coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!