I didn’t get a lot done for Good People in April 2017. The beginning of the month was dominated by my day job. And then I took off to Florida with my family for two weeks. When I got back, I caught up a bit on Ethan’s ongoing efforts while I was away, and then I had just enough time to handle our Annual Benefit Report filing for our partial year in 2016. Probably not the most productive month in terms of work accomplished.
I took a little grief from my entrepreneurial peers about the family vacation. I admit that the two week gap, combined with the work impact before and after, effectively took me out of the game for most of the month. But for me, and Ethan as well, family is our top priority and a big driver of why and how we are doing what we are doing. If your work doesn’t enable you to take the time for family, then what are you doing? I will also say that I came back from vacation with renewed energy and ideas for Good People. I am confident we are going to move the needle in the next few months and the time and perspective really helped.
My absence also reaffirmed why I’m not doing this alone. Ethan kept working our supply issues in my absence and I think he made some breakthroughs on our challenges with the specifications and getting some demo units. We don’t have them in hand yet, but the path seems clearer. This is why a team is critical. We can back fill for one another and keep things moving. If you are feeling bad for Ethan, because I got to take off and he was left carrying us, you should know he is taking a family vacation in May.
My major April project was our Annual Benefit Report. But I posted separately about that, so you can check it out here.
Good People Month 8
Continued to work on our documentation and supplier issues
Spent more time with the assembly and programming of the Phoenix to better understand and develop a process for our suppliers
Continued to cultivate some potential channel partners
Prepared and filed 2016 Annual Benefit Report with NY Secretary of State
Setup investor pitch for May
Good People By the Numbers
We installed no units and saved no energy
We made it easy for 0 new leads, new customers, or new partners to save energy
Our team held steady at 2, but we would really like to find an engineer
We ate at local restaurants, but that’s it for local sourcing
We didn’t really donate anything to the community other than time
We brought in $0 revenue and $0 investment (other than a founder’s loan for costs)
We spent another $140 or so, including our Annual Benefit Report filing fee