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For casual advice, you should come to one of the Bay Area user group meetings, such as DIGFM (held at FileMaker headquarters monthly, including tonight!). For something more formal, it may be worth contacting Molly Connolly.
For finding developers, again, go to user group meetings. Forums aren't actually a bad place — if someone posts a lot of things you like, it can be worth contacting them to see if they have any availability. That sort of conversation happens a lot, just not out in the open where you can see it. For more formal postings, FileMakerJobBoard.com and FindFileMakerDevelopers.com are two dedicated websites. LinkedIn is another place to consider, but my experience is that LinkedIn has a relatively low signal-to-noise ratio, so that's not where I'd be looking first. You'll have to reach out to specific people on LinkedIn, rather than posting a listing and expecting them to come to you. I've done some work for people on platforms like oDesk, but the initial contact was via other sites.
Thanks very much, Jeremy, especially for the referral to Molly. I am definitely going to contact her. Also thanks for the links to the web sites; I had no idea about them. And yes, user groups are the best. BTW, I heard your excellent presentation at DIGFM a few months ago and will be there tonight. While I'm at it, thanks for all the ways you give back to the community. My solutions have been significantly helped by your code, best practices, and other stuff you've put online.
I'd say you need a business coach who is familiar with the industry. If you're serious about this as a product you need a team of three "founders". One with technical knowledge, one with business operations knowledge, and one with money.
A little red flag is that you think your market is "half the US". That sounds inaccurate.
You're in Oakland? Reach out to other FileMaker humans in your area and to other "start-up" groups around.
Thanks, David. No question I need a business coach, and I like the idea of partners with those different focuses. To clarify, my estimate of the size of the market has to do with federal and state regulations.
Thanks, keywords. I did not know about that directory of consultants.
There is also a Bubble-pack forum....
Not that it is very active:-)
Creating your solution is only a small portion of the task ahead. You will find that marketing and branding is a much bigger part...
To say your market it half of the USA is wishful thinking. To believe that what you've done is unique is also fanciful...
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