Well, this week we formally launched the company.
On Sunday, I started by sending the launch announcement / press release to 425 former colleagues at D&B. I got a lot of very nice e-mails from people saying congratulations, and a few interesting calls from some of the sales people I used to work closely with, who had customers that may need our help.
On Monday, I sent the announcement to another 1,000 people from my address book, and I’ve gotten some good feedback from that too. I was worried that I’d be flagged as a “spammer”, so I haven’t sent the other 1,800 or so e-mails yet. But I don’t know any other way to efficiently get the word out to so many people at once …
So please, if you’ve gotten an e-mail from me in the last few days that you weren’t expecting or didn’t want, please accept my sincere apology.
One of my former clients called today offering to be a reference for me, which was very nice. And a retired D&B person who’s interested in doing some consulting work with us called me today as well, and it looks like he’ll be joining the firm as one of our consultants. I should have him listed on the web site at http://www.hubdesigns.com/about by tomorrow.
As you might expect, there were some good spikes in visits to both this blog and to the web site.
And it looks like we’ll be starting our first client engagement within the next week or two.
So it feels a bit like the first 30 seconds of a rocket ride (not that I know what that really feels like!) – very exciting, a lot going on at once, tons of phone calls and e-mails coming in, long but satisfying days.
In short, everything I was hoping it would be. Being an entrepreneur is great! Plenty of hard work and some real struggles, but the good moments are truly awesome.
My thanks to everyone who has called or e-mailed with their kind words of encouragement. Your friendship is very valuable to me.
Best regards — Dan