What a watch, the name is incredibly long “Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs“, but hey .. it’s a JLC
So a few months ago one of our competitors won a contract over us (OnApp), and since then they won’t stop bragging about it, heck it’s mentioned on almost every PR they do, in the meantime we closing contracts daily and winning many others including against the same company.
But now to put our latest funding PR on their site and remind everybody despite the fact we raised $20,000,000+ that people should not forget of THAT client that picked them instead of us.
Guys .. Give it a rest, you looking pathetic and desperate already, it’s sad really …
So they are doing some promo for the movie Wreck-it Ralph here on Brick Ln, as part of it one of the walls from the Truman Brewery has been transformed into a Tetris game, looks awesome
Thats the cool bit about this area (Brick Ln) they always doing all sort of quirky stuff and promos around here
Today is my 1 year anniversary since my operation.
During that time I lost a staggering 152Lbs (that’s almost 69KG), dropped down 18 pant sizes and went from a 5-6XL to 2XL
It’s amazing how much better I feel and look, I can surely say now this was the best decision I could have done, it’s giving me years of extra life, and above all increased the quality of those years as well.
I remember the first time I saw a SAAB convertible, it was perhaps around 1986/1987 in the Azores, one of the local businessmen had received a SAAB 900 in bordeaux, right away it’s very different styling struck me as sexy, it had these huge bumpers and a look I had never seen in a car before, looked something like this:
Even back then I decided one day i’d have one, heck, I just wanted to have a convertible, period.
In 1993 I almost made a deal for a ford escort convertible, but at the last minute I bought a Peugeot 205 GTi instead (Awesome car BTW), then again in 2005 I almost bought a SAAB 9-3, but the dealer and I could not agree on the price so I bought something else instead.
So the chance of owning a Ragtop always eluded me, I also looked at a Audi A4 convertible in 2009, again, not to be !!
But finally I bought one, last Thursday during the XMAS party at OnApp I was on the phone with a seller of a 9-3 and we made the deal, I took the train to Nottingham on Saturday morning and by 4PM I was back in London driving my 9-3 Convertible
My new ride, fully loaded and Automatic transmission !!
I know SAAB has gone bust, but I could not pass on the chance of owning one of these beauties, plus they are going for a song these days, the drive from Nottingham proved how smooth these Swedish cars are, just a pleasure to drive, so understated, shame we won’t be seeing new models ever again.
Now I can’t wait for the summer !!
Yesterday we had the OnApp XMAS party, I decided to take the time and get a before/after picture of myself from last year’s party and this years.
The difference ? 151 Lbs .. yep, I was a big dude
I can’t believe how much better and younger I look, it was a tough decision and hard work, it’s a complete lifestyle change, but one I had to make for my own embetterment (Yes I know, it’s a Bush word).
So yesterday one of our (OnApp) competitors sent out a mailshot announcing that ‘At last’ there was an alternative to OnApp for use by hosting companies.
After due consideration, here’s my reaction to their mail:
Now, why did I feel like that ?
It’s not that their competing product is bad. It’s good tech: I know some of the people who work there, and they’re all nice chaps trying to do the same thing we are, create good software that clients can use to make money, make their own lives easier, and make things better for their end users.
While they do have some cool features, we are years ahead on what we can deliver. But more important, what they’re saying is old news. It’s still just “Cloud, Cloud”… that’s so 2010! For us, for our clients, cloud is no longer enough. Hosts and service providers need more, and we’re delivering what that ‘more’ is.
I think that’s pretty clear to our customers, too, so I found it a bit confusing that they started using our name in their marketing in this way. And initially I was a bit annoyed that they had the nerve to try punching above their weight like this. But then I was honoured. It’s pretty nice to be confirmed as the industry leader by one of your competitors, after all.
And so, with tongue in cheek, it is a bit like the Fiat 500 vs the Veyron. They both have 4 wheels. They’ll both take you from A to B. On the surface they do the same thing – but one of them will take you there faster, in more style, with better engineering and a much bigger smile on your face.
And of course, the intended audience (perhaps that hot blonde by the coffee shop) will notice you more in the Bugatti. It’s just a fact of life! OnApp is not just an excellent platform, it’s the COOLEST cloud management platform out there, and our customers love it.
Now, you might argue that while they both do the same thing, you should go for the Fiat because it’s cheaper: it might not have all the bells and whistles, like a quad-turbo or CDN, but for the price it does the job, right?
Then I looked at the price of this competing product, and it seems to range from very slightly less, to way more than ours. So, whats the catch? I don’t know, but something feels wrong :]
In the end, all I can take from this is to be proud we are recognised as the leader in the market, the one to beat, and nearly 2.5 years since we started selling the product (and over 4 years of development) I am so proud of what we achieved. Especially when we’ve created a product so unique and desirable that it’s left to competitors to try and catch up and be associated as a player in the same space as us.
It’s good to be a Veyron!
PS – so that my CEO won’t kill me, it’s of course my duty to state that my opinions are my own and not my company’s… but I’m pretty sure he would agree with everything I just said…