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From: "Kevin R. Phillips" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] Pocket Genealogist
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 15:14:56 -0500
In-Reply-To: <BA128AC46C10CA46A42E5A5D5B59C6D87B42@riddler.RH2.COM>


You convinced me, I quit! :-)

Actually, that's 2 years invested in the product, not the GenBridge
portion. Under no circumstances is GenBridge that difficult to use.
Even 300-400 hours would be extremely high just for the GenBridge

The market is still small which is one of the reasons that I'm basically
the only game in town with regards to Windows CE. (But even with Palm
there is still just a couple) I guess that's actually a double-edged
sword. It's nice not to have to worry too much about the competition
but on the flip side, the competition keeps you honest! Effectively, my
competition is other "handheld" products, not just Windows CE versions.

Sometimes you have to ignore the economics otherwise a product would
never come to market... Perhaps that's why I'm a programmer and not a
business major!


-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Tumbleson [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 2:35 PM
Subject: RE: [TMG] Pocket Genealogist

OK, first off, I neglected to read your signature, I didn't realize that
you were the author of the Pocket Genealogist. Even so, the economic
returns on your product are questionable. Assuming that you wish to
make a decent living, let's assume that a year of your time is worth at
least $50k.

Assuming that you sell 2 times as many copies of the Basic as you do the
Advanced. You have invested 2 years, or $100k. So, 100,000/(2*20 +
35)= 1300. You need to sell 1300 Advanced and 2600 Basic to meet this
income level. However, that is Gross income, not NET. Let's take a off
a simple 25% for taxes and other costs (it's probably more). That's
nearly 1700 Advanced and 3300 Basic, or 5,000 users of this software.

And, you have two years invested in the GenBridge portion, how much time
invested in the rest of the product?

Is the market for this software really that big? Maybe I should get
into this business... :)


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