We’re Taking iModeler to the Next Level
You have learned to know iModeler as a work of one person: its inventor, developer and @editor Martin. Outside of iModeler, Martin has a track record in software engineering, a job at a bank, a family, a stash of around 40 unbuilt kits (1930s to early jet era), dreams about adding an extension to his house and has friends and relatives pretty much around the World.
In the four years since its launch, iModeler gained accolades as an attractive and user-friendly online space to share our fabulous hobby. Our community has also proven that ordinary modelers can themselves create the coolest, most frequently updated, most worth following modeling publication on the web.
Becoming a team…
Meet Johannes (@halvarvonflake), a car engineer and entrepreneur who ran a his own company for the past years. He has recently handed over his responsibilities there in order to make it part of a bigger enterprise. He has a family, too, and he loves vintage cars. He also has a stash of around 20 scale models, mainly Cold War jets, knows some tennis and how much fun it is to start off with a newly created business.
Like many of you, we met through iModeler. Then gradually learned about each other’s jobs, families, the stashes, the house project, the friends and the relatives, the vintage cars, the tennis and the fun to start a business. But most importantly, we came to talk a lot about iModeler and arrived at a conclusion that we’d like to share today:
We have decided to join our forces and experience to bring iModeler to the next level. To that end, iModeler is becoming a startup company!
One of the users once described iModeler as “a boutique hotel of modeling”. Flattering as it is, this meaning encapsulates the founding philosophy of our service – open doors, easy atmosphere inside and a little extra touch of flair. Our vision is bringing this concept to its full potential, continuing our quest of making scale modeling a social activity – helping you to find real friendships; strengthen your network; share your work and learn from each other; be proud of your hobby. To make it happen, we’ll continue to provide a service that helps everyone to keep all their modeling photos and postings online, gathered in one place, for as long as you wish to. We will also explore new innovative ways to make a community thrive, in ways that traditional forums or websites can’t do.
Our beginnings are humble. We’ll be running iModeler in our spare time beside ordinary jobs, seeking possibilities to advance our technical platform and concepts, and generally devoting our energy and professional experience to make iModeler grow, scale and become stronger.
What will change?
For those who know and enjoy this site today, nothing will change.
Will their be costs in future to do what you do with iModeler today?
Will there be ads and banners now?
Will there be any change at all?
In time, hopefully quite a few. Running this project within a framework of a company brings so many more possibilities than one person’s spare-time effort can ever bring. We’re thinking about how to add even more visual quality to your photos and how to create a more enjoyable writing and reading experience. There may be increased file space for high-resolution images soon, and later an app for your mobile device (to keep bring iModeler right to your modeling table). We’re also thinking about inviting modeling companies to share their products and a way for you to review them.
Do we want to make money with the site, now that it’s owned by a company? Well, that’s what companies are for and without a doubt it will be our long-term goal. To realize our vision, we would also be helped by more scope for action, a larger degree of freedom and fewer budget limitations. Some income stream will therefore be installed at some point. Luckily, there’s no rush – neither of us is depending on iModeler as his daytime job, and we intend to let ideas grow in their own pace and with respect to the iModeler community. In time, we’re hoping to be able to create innovative commercial offers on top of the current service which will remain entirely free as you know it today.
Comments and suggestions are welcome!
So this is our big piece of news for today, and we’d love to learn what you think! Your thoughts, ideas and questions would be most appreciated.
Martin & Johannes