More than programming

Hi everyone,

Hope all of you had a great Easter. It's been kind of quiet from us lately, but that doesn't mean things aren't happening, and I've got some news that I'm really excited to share with you tonight.

A considerable amount of my working hours with Tise are spent doing other things than programming. Actually, both Eirik and myself were overwhelmed when we realised just how much time we had to spend on other things than development of the core product, when we released Tise back in December. These task involve pitching, attending networking events, following up on the leads you get at the events, applying for grants, administering the team, writing blog posts, meeting potential partners and so on. Fun!

Back in January we were admitted to Microsoft's BizSpark program. This is basically Microsoft's mentorship program, where they help Norwegian startups succeed by giving them free access to software, cloud computing and some of the great people who work there. Right now I am making preparations in order to deploy our backend on Microsoft Azure, their cloud solution. I think we have a really good dialogue with Microsoft, and I'm really looking forward to learning the more advanced features of Azure. It should also be needless to point out that it's extremely inspiring being contacted by one of the largest corporations in the world and learn that the want to help you succeed, because they believe in your product!

I'm also buzzing to tell you that we have been admitted to StartupLab in Oslo - presumably the best place for us to be. Even though we truly enjoy Trondheim, we're really excited about settling in there in June. My impression from visiting them a couple of times is that it is a place with a great mix of experienced and first-time entrepreneurs, which I believe is a great strength. The people who work there seem really nice too. This is a huge step for us, and I can't wait to get started. In fact this is a success story from Bindeleddet's "Osloturen", so thanks for letting me visit StartupLab! =)

Next week we will get started on yet another new interesting task; interviewing for our internship positions. We're happily astonished about the number of applicants, and are extremely thankful that so many promising and highly qualified applicants would like to spend most of their summer with us. I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of you better!

BTW: Yeah, the image is pretty random. Just showing what happened when we tried to involve Odd, who is responsible for our mobile applications, in a strategy seminar the other day.