Here's my quick CV:
So what is following may sound cheeky but it's just the thruth and I'm not saying that to be cheeky or whatever I'm just talking about what I'd like to sell but I don't know how at all.
I'm 38, I've been working on my 100% home made framework.
[Edit] removed details to avoid advices about the product (this is not what I'm asking for).
In short, it's a very powerful Php/Mysql framework that companies who sell websites development could be using. It's my 4th full rewrite of this framework i've been working on for more than 4 years 8 hours a day to the least.
Just to emphasize it's a great product, I've just passed my engineer diploma 2 months ago and the subject of my thesis was... my framework.
My aim is to sell it. I don't know how to do it. I'm not a commercial. I've been unemployed for three months because my boss didn't have the money to pay me but I'll get my 100% salary for 5-12 months as long as I prove that I'm working on a real project (in France it's like this) and that's exactly what I'm doing.
I'm really worried about the future, because I'm very, very special. I've never worked with a team (even though I'm a good teacher and I've been giving lectures 120 hours/year for 2 years now). I've already had 3 "hire conversations" and they all ended like this: your psychological behavior makes us think you'll want to move sooner or later because you're both too good for us and you like to learn too much. No kidding, I'm sorry if it sounds cheeky, this is not what I want.
I'm trying to explain my problem which may sound weird, but it really sticks with startups: my product is done, I've got 4 websites that run on the 3rd version of my framework. The 4th rewrite is a major rewrite (I couldn't bring the source code of my old company with me so I had to rewrite it from scratch, and I've been working on it for 3 months night and day) and it's better, more efficient, and far more powerful than the 3rd one.
I just want to sell it to big companies. I want to sell this:
How would you do in my position? Suppose you have to contact a big company, you have kindof a problem: you've been working with computers 10 hours/day for 18 years now and computers need you to be always clear or they refuse to do the job. Computers = clear = binary. Now you'll have to talk with "commercials". People whose aim is to dilute the truth. Never make it clear to sell. Never ever. Lie. Lies. Liars. Liars and bargain. Oh my god! Damn damn damn. I hate that. I simply can't stand that.
How would you do? I feel like I'm about to try to sell Amiga whereas I'm in front of a better commercial who doesn't deserve to sell his product because his product is technically far worse than mine... if you see what I mean.
How would you do in my position? What are the steps? Who to talk in the company? The CEO? A commercial?
Thank you very much and once again: I'm trying to avoid to "sound cheeky".
PS: of course this is not my actual name here. I just liked the game Dofus a few years ago ;)
It's not the culture of PHP developers to pay for frameworks. And it's certainly not a CEO decision to pick, or give a crap about code frameworks.
CTO, CIO - maybe - but often times the actual developers advocate for certain frameworks to be used. So you have to come from the bottom up with a framework not the top down in an organization.
If you want to try and sell it your only option is to:
But really, your best option is to open source it on Github or something like that.
You certainly need an outside perspective on your framework from other educated PHP developers. Do they think it's designed well, smart, easy, and does it have promise. You could have some of the leaders in some of the other frameworks take a peek at it or have them try it and give you some feedback. It's possible they would, most developers are very willing to assist and help.
Plus if you are interested in getting a full time job again in the future it's something that could help you get a job. I know if I was hiring a developer and they said take a look at this custom framework I made I would be intrigued and would love to check it out.
You're going about this the wrong way .. People never buy engines.... People buy cars. Could you sell an engine? Yes... to a small select group of people... but everyone needs a car. Stop thinking engine, and start thinking car.
If you think it is as good idea as one that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs had, then go for it. With your attitude, you'll succeed.
But, if only you think its great and you can't immediately get others to, then you're in trouble.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates started out at a different time in history, where there werent too many people like themselves with those skills. Its now 2011, a different world where coders are a dime a dozen. I wish I could travel back into time when computers were new, software was rare, and it took just one programmer to write software that utilized 100% of hardware capability. No one person will write a commercially successful operating system again, just like no one (or two) person can create the next generation of aircraft. Those days are over unfortunately
Find commercial PHP and MySQL based companies that have products or services lines which requiere a framework like yours. Then expose what you offer that is best in comparison to the already existents. Maybe you could license your product to them or make a joint venture to sell and continue developing it with them.
In other words, go for the companies where the money in the open-source world is.