I wanted to write a quick update about how Ohours has been going and about my plans for SXSW, since many of its users and my readers will be attending the conference.
In terms of SXSW, check out this page on Ohours. There, thanks to my friends at AOL, I've listed a few places that will be super easy to host your Ohours sessions. You can also find a list of everyone hosting Ohours during the conference.
More generally speaking, here are a few stats from the first (almost) two months of Ohours' existence.
- Registered Users: 890
- Percent of RUs Who Have Hosted Ohours: 45%
- Total Number of Ohours Openings: 424
- Resulting in Number of Appointments: 574
- Time Spent Face-to-Face: 11,480 minutes
The best news: I'm not the most active user on the site, but remain a very active user. Before I built Ohours, I loved hosting my office hours. Now, the meetings are even more high quality and serendipitous. Moreover, attending Ohours has become a passion of mine, and a place to find even more serendipity. Yesterday I went to Adam Schwartz' Ohours and met Nick Pinkston of CloudFab.com. Cool dude with a awesome company I would not have met otherwise.
Anyway, hope you're having as much fun with the platform as I am. If you haven't hosted Open Hours yet, please considering opening some time in your busy schedule and give it try.
Lastly, THANK YOU so much to all the early users of the system who are giving such WONDERFUL feedback. I'm bursting with pride because of how you're using the platform and changing people's lives. Keep the feedback coming.
For the past two years, I've been hosting Office Hours in order to meet as many people as possible in the NY Tech community. (You can read my post announcing my first Office Hours here.)
It's been an incredible experience and of the 100+ people I met in the process, I don't regret a single meeting. Office Hours have provided me more than just a better way to manage my schedule -- it's also increased the serendipity of my own life.
Speaking of my life, if you've been wondering what I've been up to since leaving AnyClip, I've been teaching myself how to code (I'll be writing a lot about this in the coming weeks and months).
So, it brings me great pleasure to have released my first app today: Ohours.org
Please excuse the bad design and probable errors here and there. I spent the last two weeks building the site and will be pushing out updates to it on a daily basis (already have pushed out three updates today).
As for the platform itself, I built Ohours out of a personal need for a better way to manage Office Hours. I also built Ohours for all of my friends and colleagues whom have told me they would host Office Hours if there was only an easier way to do it.
So please check it out, consider hosting or attending Office Hours and let me know what you think. Like I said, I intentionally released this as soon as I could. So much is rough around the edges but any and all feedback I will take seriously!
PS: I want to thank two people, specifically, on this occasion. The first is Kyle, who has been indispensable in my education as a hacker. Both he and his community at Forrst have been great teachers. The second is Vin Vacanti (who's been CRUSHING IT on his blog recently). I've been talking about building this app for a long time, and I didn't start until Vinny and I got coffee a few weeks ago and he kicked my ass about it. Perhaps it was just great timing, but I think I finally dove in on this because Vinny also used to be a non-coding product executive and taught himself how to code.