This was a busy and intriguing week for cavnessHR as we had lots going on.
I was able to work with customer service at our email campaign manager at https://charley.io/ and they were able to figure out the challenges with the jasoncavness@cavnessHR.com email.
So that was a great help and the customer service experience with them was outstanding. We are now able to use our campaign manager.
The first email campaign we are doing is one to potential investors. We went and googled VC firms in Seattle, San Francisco and the State of Texas. We tried our best to then target VC firms that might invest in us in the future. If a VC firm only invests in the health industry, we did not email them.
We then used email hunter https://hunter.io/ to figure out the email addresses of people who work in those VC firms. Email Hunter has it set up where it tells you the percent they are certain the email is a good one. For example, one with 75% is better than one with 47%. If you use the paid version, you can export the file and the file provides other useful info such as LinkedIn information and phone numbers.
For everyone with over a 50% certainty rate regardless of their position we sent an email. Even if the person was a intern we included them. The email we sent introduced ourselves and cavnessHR and our vision for cavnessHR. We stated that we are not looking to fund raise at this time. But that we wanted to start building relationships now just in case that changes. We asked if we could send them weekly updates on the progress of cavnessHR.
Some have replied stating that they only invest in their local area or that they only invest in a certain industry. Some have replied that they were intrigued by this approach and look forward to the updates. I know most people will disagree with this approach and say that you should start by building a personal relationship. But I wanted to try this approach and see what happens with it.
Some more of what I call the unsexy part of having a business. We had to renew our business license and file our annual report. We also had to renew our domain and hosting. All of this really does not take that much time. But is just something that keeps you from what I consider more important items. Also the cost to do this isn't that much. But it does add up over time.
As I stated in last week's blog. My current team of devs will not be able to spend that much time working on cavnessHR anymore. To help off set this, I talked to a software development company called http://clevrtec.com/ The preferred option of course is to have your own developers build your product. But based on my current situation. I want to explore all options. It also helped that Clevrtec was recommended to me by Johannes from https://bunkerlabs.org/seattle/
I had a good talk with Clevrtec and I believe they would be a great option to build out cavnessHR. They are a little over the price range I would be comfortable with paying. But I am a believer in you get what you pay for and I believe Clevrtec would provide a great product. But for now, I am going to continue to try and recruit some dev talent. But it is good to know that I have this option.
Last week I reached out to several devs. Two of them agreed to meet with me. The first meeting was great. We talked about how we can make cavnessHR better and he agreed to join the team. I was very happy about that. He is a graduate of Operation Code and he is currently working on his Master's in Computer Science and Cyber Security from the University of Washington-Tacoma.
His joining cavnessHR is a great for us.
I had another meeting with another possible dev and this was also a great meeting. We talked about different items and I believe we really connected. Her background is especially interesting as she has a degree in Philosophy and she has self taught herself how to code. She did not agree to join cavnessHR. But I believe she is leaning that way. Myself and the rest of the team have a meeting with her next Thursday. Hopefully, this meeting convinces her to join the team.
On news just about our site. Our site is now a https. That is great news for us as we need to provide the most secure website possible for our customers.
I had a meeting with a local lawyer this week. He reached out to me and asked to meet. I was not sure what the meeting would be about. But I am in no position to turn down a meeting with anyone. As you never know what might come from it. I asked him how I could help him and he said that he didn't need anything.
He had been following how I was building cavnessHR and wanted to meet me. I told him the story of cavnessHR and my vision. He said I have a great plan, but the challenge will be with the execution. Which I am in total agreement. It turns out that we know some of the same people as well. What was interesting was his background. He is a former SSG in the U.S. Army who served 7 years and did a tour in Iraq. He left the service and went to college. After college he went to law school. I told him you have a unique background for a lawyer. I am willing to bet that you might be the only lawyer that was a former SSG in the U.S. Army.
I continue to work on the business plan. What I did this week was figure out how many people I will need at cavnessHR if everything goes as I am planing. Of course this is a best guess. I figured out how many HR people, how many devs, plus people to do marketing, sales, business development, product management and a CTO. I also figured out the possible salaries at a market rate of 10% to 50%. I would not be hiring all these people all at one time. It would be over a phased time period. But it is good for me to see the potential labor costs for cavnessHR. I also worked on the financials part of the business plan. I worked on the balance sheet, profit/loss and other items. I have lots of work to do on this and I am going to need some help.
I continue to work on the podcast. I did another rehearsal from start to finish. I finish the rehearsal and I upload the video to Youtube. I pushed play so I can listen and nothing. Once again, I forgot to turn on the mic. I really hope I don't do this for the actual interviews.
I have 20 confirmed interviews and I have 20 more lined up. I believe the cavnessHR podcast is going to provide lots of value to our listeners.
By the time this blog is published I would have done 3 podcast interviews. I am very excited about them and I know they are going to provide a lot of value to the listeners.
The best news for the week is that our video for the Business Impact NW pitch competition is completed. The process for making the video was a great experience. The video was shot with http://videoscrafted.com/ I can't say enough good things about the experience. The user and customer experiences were great. We shot at several locations around Tacoma. The best part was that part of the video was shot using a drone. That was a cool experience.
I have the video uploaded to YouTube and I have sent the link to the Business Impact NW email address that we were instructed to upload the video.
Once voting starts on August 25, I will send the link to everyone that you can use to vote. You can vote once a day from August 25 to September 3. I plan on sending the link out several times each day on my various social media platforms in an effort to have as many people as possible to vote.