There’s Nothing Quite Like Beating Your Goals

2013 was a banner year for The Venture Platform; our first economy of scale business model produced the first major upgrade threshold in March which brought a slew of system enhancements at zero cost increase for users. By the end of the year, new users tripled and at the present, we have another four new users in development and one existing user amidst a major design improvement. In short, this has allowed us to cross the next improvement threshold a good nine months ahead of initial projections. In fact, business has been so good it threw a bit of a wrench into Adaptistration’s publication schedule not to mention postponing a planned Venture sales site update by three months.

New Venture Sales SiteThat being said, we wrapped up most of those updates over the holiday break which should now open up more time to refocus on some of the scheduled series of articles here at the blog. In the meantime, drop by the updated Venture site; we have a few more bits and pieces to clean up, but all of the updated content is there, including the upgraded plan features for Artist, Standard, and Pro users.

Hey, There’s More Than Just Shameless Self Promotion Going On Here

If 2014 is anything like 2013, it will be a fantastic year but this isn’t just a shameless self promotion post; there’s something in it for you too! More to the point, you can get your hands on a hip set of 10 app icons featuring your very own logo. This is a first come, first serve benefit and the initial organization or individual from each of the four continental US time zones to get in touch will be the recipients.

Keep in mind, you need to maintain a website and be able to send along a copy of your logo and color palette; in return, you’ll get a classy, flat design style set of icons (think iOS7 and Microsoft Metro). To give you an idea of what the design looks like, compare the before and after versions of Adaptistration’s app icons.

Adaptistration App Icons: Before and After
Adaptistration App Icons: before and after. Be the first one from your time zone to get your very own set by getting in touch.
If you’re not entirely certain about what’s up with app icons, there are a pair of articles from April, 2013 (Part 1 and Part 2) that describes what they are, where they are used, and why you should have them (although ironically enough, they are used for much more than just apps).

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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