ThinkContact New Website is Live

The website for my newest application ThinkContact is live.  We have not recieved Apple application approval yet and we are hoping to have it with in the next seven days.  ThinkContact will help you sort your addresses book by occupation rather than by name.

Market Research – Founder Institute

The journey continues and we are now in week two of the Founder Institute program and we are making huge strides as we prepare our market research for Formactivate.

The goal of this week as I mentioned is market research and we’d thought that you would be interested in some numbers.  We’ve always know that there is a big market in lead generation and lead response but honestly we were surprised at just how large this market is and how rapidly it is growing.

By applying some of the research principles that we have been studying we were able to determine that this year alone businesses will spend about $105 billion dollars on online marketing and advertising. The is the market for all advertising of which lead generation and the buying and selling of leads plays an important role.

The lead generation business is growing at a rate of over 20% per year with much of the growth coming from the automotive, legal, insurance and health care sectors.  The average lead cost in one of these markets is $50 per lead and although we are not planning on generating leads we are going to make these purchases more efficient.

FormActivate operates in a market segment called lead response– which deals with the way companies respond to new leads. As you can imagine, with companies spending billions of dollars on lead generation, they want to ensure that their money is well spent – and this is where we come in. By connecting prospects to companies immediately when they express interest in a business, we provide the sales team with the best possible opportunity to convert a prospect into a new customer.

So, how do we price our service, and what type of market slice do we expect to gain? Our direct competitors price a lead response connection at approximately $1.00 per lead. However we a consumption model, in which we charge a per-minute rate for all connections.

Our typical rate is $0.10 per minute. Given a typical phone call duration of 5-8 minutes, we are pricing our offering competitively and will be providing a parity service for about 60% of the competitors pricing.

To understand the market share question, we need to look at the average purchase price of a lead (in all verticals combined), which is about $30.00. So, by charging $1.00 for lead response, we’re effectively pricing lead response at a 3% slice of the lead generation market. This amounts to $162 million in 2012 and is projected to grow to $300 million by 2015. We feel that this is a pretty good model to pursue – especially since there are so few competitors in this field.

Of course, getting a slice of the $300 million market segment is easier said than done. So, stay tuned as we continue our journey to identify the next steps in making FormActivate the de facto standard in lead response.


Think Contact has been submitted to the Apple Store

After about a two month delay from the team and some last minute changes because of iOS6 we have submitted the Think Contact app to the Apple store.   The application will sort your address book by Occupation rather than by name, making it easier for you to find  a service provider and also refer them to friends.

No more trying to remember peoples names or having hundred of contact in your phone but not having any idea of what they do for a living.  It’s a new way of looking at your address book and visualizing your real world relationships.

I am anticipating getting approval for the app in about 10 days.

Vision and Values – Founder Institute

Here is where we stand. Things are going well for us in the technology area, we reciently completed some new integration into the platform to expand our reach into the medium business arena.  Following on the heels of our WuFoo announcement, we have also completed our integration with FormStack and to cater to the users of these services we have introduced a 30-minute free plan.

This means that the 18 million forms that are currently powered by these providers will have access to our intelligent form and call routing technology.  We have worked really hard to integrated seamlessly with their platforms and for a user of each system they can be up and running in less than five minutes.

While we are struggling to find our voice and an ideal targer market for our service we are positive that this is a problem that we are passionate about and that it is worth solving.

For now these are minor issues and my task is to keep moving this company  forward.  That’s all for now.  I will send more updates throughout the startup process.

I was just accepted to Founder Institute San Diego

I have some really exciting news to share with all of you.  I was just accepted into an early-stage startupaccelerator called the Founder Institute

During the span of the four month program my co-founder and I are going to be pushing ourselves to the limit by completing the coursework and actions that are required to create a sustainable startup company.

If we are successful and don’t get kicked out of the program it all culminates with a pitch day where we present our ideas and seek external funding for our business.

We all have dreams and most of us are taking action to achieve them…for me being the founder of a scalable Internet startup has been a dream of mine for years. And I am finally taking action to take my dreams to the next level.