Greater than 3 minutes, my friend!
You know, from the very first moment when I started building The Open Mic I wanted to embrace transparency.
Honesty and open communication is one of our biggest values and it really makes The Open Mic special.
When I look at other companies in the translation industry, I’m scared.
I’m scared because over the past few decades everything has been so corporatized and dehumanized that I often feel like I’m dealing with one gigantic machine that was created with one goal only: generate profit at all costs.
And maybe it’s not a bad thing. I mean, when you’re a company,you need to focus on your profits.
But you also need to focus on your customers too. You know, your fellow human beings.
And since we’re all in the business of human communication and interaction sharing everything always felt like a natural way of doing things to me.
Maybe, I’m just crazy, but I think more companies need to embrace transparency in business and start showing their human side.
That’s why, in the spirit of sharing and being transparent about everything we do on The Open Mic, I’d like to share what I’m planning to do this November.
Not so many people know that, but November 1 would mark one year since The Open Mic was open to the public.
It’s a huge milestone for us and for me personally. This project has changed my life and opened up so many opportunities I didn’t know existed.
But most importantly it helped me unleash my creativity and just be myself and do what I love.
It was a fun little adventure that might as well turn into the adventure of a lifetime.
You see, I have so many wonderful ideas. I want to continue developing The Open Mic. I want to continue creating something valuable for the translation community.
Because I believe that this project is very important for our profession and it really helps us move our profession forward.
That’s why on the 1st of November I will be launching a donation campaign to support the future development of The Open Mic.
It will be a pivotal moment for The Open Mic. It will either make or brake me.
But I want to give it a try because I believe in this project and I know that I can count on the wonderful people of our community.
I’ve been supporting The Open Mic all by myself, investing thousands of dollars over the past year.
No one asked me to do this, of course, but I felt like it was the right thing to do.
Unfortunately, my family has been under a lot of financial pressure, lately (my parents are forced to sell their apartment and I want to step in to not let that happen).
Plus, my income hasn’t changed much since last year because I spend too much time on The Open Mic, instead of finding new clients (like normal people do).
That’s why I decided that donation campaign is the most logical thing to do.
My goal is to raise at least $80,000. This will help me cover the costs of hiring developers to build new features that I have in mind (more on that will be shared on November 1).
I think it’s a realistic goal and if every registered member and active site visitor donates $24 we will reach this goal overnight.
I hope you don’t mind that I shared it with you. I just wanted to be totally honest and transparent about the future.
It’s really important to me that we stay on the same page. After all, The Open Mic is impossible without you and you deserve to know where it’s heading.
If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, feel free to leave your comments.
I’d be happy to hear from you.
Thank you so much for reading this and thank you for being The Open Mic member.