This is some of German engineering at it’s finest.
I’ll give you my non-scientific basic explanation of what this device is and what it does that’s unique.
It’s a mobile testing unit for law enforcement. Currently analyzers, which do what this unit, cost about $100,000 or more. The units that law enforcement use now are not mobile.
With this mobile device, law enforcement can swab a steering wheel and tell if there have been drugs in the car. It can be used on blood, sweat, salivia, surfaces, substances, etc. The unit can be used anywhere but it can only be sold to law enforcement.
The cost of these units is about 5% of what law enforcement is used to paying for this kind of technology. And it’s mobile. They can also print the results on the spot.
The company that makes the units are the German engineers Protzek. They have been used all over Europe for years. This will be the first time they will be sold in the United States.
The rumor mill has run rampant so I thought I would write this as an informal letter to my friends and business associates in the Carolinas and Florida. Yes, I have been noticeably absent from the Carolinas for many months.
I started Carolina Web Development in 2012. In 2015, I expanded and opened Florida Web Development, which was originally out of Jacksonville. In January, I moved it to Palm Beach County, FL.
Florida Web Development was hired by an investment company to create a company. And I think that statement under values the magnitude of what I was charged to create. I was hired to create and develop a national competitor to job board sites like Monster, Career Builder, Indeed and Zip Recruiter. I don’t know how much you know about how the software works with those companies but behind the scenes it is as complex as a creating a stock market in software.
To compete with the big boys, is more than a one-woman show. So I choose a development team that has been a really solid pick. We set about creating software that utilizes something that we call SMART Technology. It utilizes advanced algorithms to match each candidate with their perfect job. It’s a system based on advanced search techniques and artificial intelligence. It is a software system that we will continue to improve and continue to advance as the company evolves. We are determined to offer more features than any other company.
We are now within a couple of weeks of launching this company to the world. Our newest employees have started this week.
When the company officially launches for the Soft Launch, I will be stepping out of the developer and a manager role and strictly into operations. The owner of the company is the President of the company; I will become the Vice President of Operations. It’s my role to run this company and to continue to drive innovation. There will be a lot of revisions, changes and redesigns that will continue to make this a better product and company as we progress. It is our intention to build a national, billion dollar plus company. It’s ambitious, it’s aggressive and we hope to eventually achieve everything that is on our list.
I do still retain the ownership and function of Carolina Web Development and Florida Web Development. But, I was really at the point in which I needed to say something as I’ve turned down some smaller and medium sized clients lately without an explanation.
My reputation and companies were all about building technology with style and what I was hired to do had nothing to do with style and was not the focus of our development. Style will be addressed after functionality for obvious reasons.
There are still some long hours and weeks ahead and tough decisions. Most of our work is still sitting on the dev server. But I am really looking forward to launching this company and the sense of achievement that we will all have.
I hope that those of you know me will be happy for me and I hope that you become clients, either as job seekers or employers because we are aiming to be very competitive and well worth your time.
And yes, when I hit LAUNCH, there will be millions of jobs flowing into those systems. During the soft launch we’ll be testing systems and everything won’t be there yet.
I’ve been a web developer over 15 years and I can’t begin to tell you how much our industry needs regulation to prevent certain companies from ripping off developers and clients.
I have a rule and I violated it. My rule is to never buy anything via telephone solicitation.
Let me give you some specifics:
Last June Godaddy calls me to solicit a new product called “Get Found.” I signed up Florida Web Development. Not only did the product not do anything, when I recently moved the business from Jacksonville to Palm Beach County, Florida I had another look at why it wasn’t working because I tried to change the address of my business. The product finally came up with an error message. Upon talking to Godaddy – here’s what they told me. “You have a sentence on your home page that says, ‘Our web sites can found in many states.’ That statement makes you ineligible to be local.” That’s one of the stupidest things you can say to a web developer who pays for a local location.
I pay for a local address in Palm Beach County – How can I not be local? We’re web developers. Of course, our sites are all over the Internet.
Then upon agreeing that the product never worked, they told me that due to constraints on their system they could only issue a 3-month refund. So I explained to them, “When you sell a product to someone and you discover that the product never functioned and you try to keep their money, that becomes fraud.”
I tried to encourage them to fix their product. They didn’t want to fix the product. I’m sure they didn’t want to fix it in the same way that every time a client of ours buys a domain name from Godaddy, they immediately try to sell them a web site and undercut us as developers. What blatant disrespect Godaddy has for the developers that fuel its business. Quite frankly you should be doing everything you can to help developers. You shouldn’t even be charging them for their companies because they send a huge chunk of business to Godaddy.
A few years ago as developers, we were so mad when we discovered that Network Solutions was keeping it’s database caps low so that customers would have to call and pay for their tech support to raise the caps. It was the biggest scam I have ever seen. They made a bunch of money off of it because the developers were prevented from raising the caps. It had to be done by Network Solutions. All of the modern templating systems were larger and required larger database caps. You’ve heard of fraud in the real estate market – welcome to fraud with server companies.
Fraud is the only way to categorize some of these items. My only recourse is to call the credit card company and dispute the charge, because Godaddy’s system is telling me my business info can’t be published. And they are telling me they can’t refund the money.
There has always been a major problem with the way Google indexes Florida Web Development. I kind of suspect that this product might have played a role in our indexing problems. We’ve tried repeatedly to try to get it fixed. We’re still trying to get Google to fix problems with it. The domain is at Network Solutions but is pointed at a Godaddy server. Google, also having some poorly written software, sees the domain repointing as “redirection.” Redirection and domain pointing are two different things.
The bottom line is that as developers we just frustrated with having to deal with bad software and bad decisions that impact our business. You start to feel like they are doing this to developers on purpose to fuel their own interests.
At the end of the day, all I can do is to tell my clients to always talk to me before you purchase anything or do anything. Otherwise, you might just get ripped off. This product costs $155 per year when they sold it to me.
See for yourself. Notice what the orange bar at the top of the screen says: