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DAY TWENTY-NINE – SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How are you feeling today?
Excited that we’ve introduced our new fee structure into the world! Proud of Frank for leading the development efforts on this. Happy that timing worked out so well: we’re almost finished with 30 Days, we bid adieu to Jess tomorrow as she leaves for her wedding and honeymoon, and we’ve managed to churn through a good amount of work and decision-making in a few short weeks. With a team of three. I’m proud of us and excited for the next chapter of Dabble.

What’s the plan?
We unveiled it tonight and making a more formal announcement tomorrow (Tues): no longer is Dabble dictating the fee split of classes. We are inviting teachers to determine what they want to get out of their classes. Not in it for the money? Then consider giving Dabble more of the cut of the ticket cost for your class.

This is a big step forward for us. We’ve recognized – through research and conversations with many of our teachers – the power of an open platform. The potential downside, of course, is that too many teachers become opportunists who elect to take the entire cost of the ticket. We’ll cross the bridge and make adjustments if that’s the case. But we’re really optimistic about it.

The beauty of the change, too, is that for each schedule that a teacher posts, (s)he can choose the fee split. In other words, the fee split decision is revisited for every class posted. So in one instance, a teacher may say, “I need to make the bulk of this course’s offering.” And then the next time, “It’s time to give back to Dabble.”

What are you most thankful for over the course of the last 30 days?
I’m grateful that we decided on a whim to launch 30 Days. I’m thankful that in our case, the notion that “from constraints can come great strides” is ringing true. I’m thankful that we have Frank on our team – the silent but powerful partner through all of this. And I’m so grateful to have Jess as my partner through this.

I’m also thankful that personally, it’s been a breakthrough in getting excited about an alternative Dabble and an alternative way be involved in the business, while managing my own needs. I used to see Dabble’s success as more black and white – and there’s a lot of potential in the grey.

DAY TWENTY-NINE – SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How do you feel about the project?
Today was nuts. I’m feeling anxious and excited to announce what our plan is to Dabble teachers tomorrow. We’ve gathered lots of feedback but have sort of forgot that this is a BIG deal. It’s a big change for us as a company – and for teachers. So will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I’m also just feeling a bit more scattered today. I do best when I have big, strategic projects to work on. It felt like most of today was spent on little administrative things that needed to be finished up.

What’s the plan?
We released the new fee structure tonight and will be announcing the changes to Dabble teachers tomorrow – with a bigger announcement to the rest of users & followers tomorrow.

I’m prepping for heading out of the office by prioritizing development work when I’m gone. Time is going by really quickly. I’m hoping I have time to regroup a little bit before heading out for a few weeks. When I get back, there will be plenty to work on.

What are you most thankful for in the past 30 days?
Lots of things. In Dabble land, I’m most thankful for Erin & Frank. To have two amazing, talented team members on your side when you’re battling for survival has been awesome. Frank has really stepped up and made this 30 day project possible. When the going gets tough, some teams fall apart. We’re coming closer together and it is awesome to see.

In personal life land, the people in my life have been great. My fiance is so supportive and hanging with him has been a great distraction from the chaos of work life. My parents have been awesome. Friends have reached out and had some great conversations. Strangers are offering helpful words. I guess I’m really thankful for a lot.

Odds & Ends
The release today was BY FAR the biggest feature that Frank has ever built. We were all on Google Hangouts when it was “going live” on the site. I’ve never seen a man more nervous than Frank waiting for the site to come back online. We joke that “heart attacks” and “sweaty palms” have become a normal part of everyday life on the Dabble team. That’s how we know we’re doing what we love.

 

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    GOOD LUCK WITH ALL IN THE FUTURE1 I’ll be following you.

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      Hi Marsha – thanks for the comment! We’ve met others who’ve also been inspired to solve the same pain point we are. It’s such a needed space!

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