You’re probably wondering how a project like this gets funded. You might think, at the beginning, “Oh, apps don’t cost that much to make,” or, “There’s probably an app for that.” Well, I’m here to tell you just how complicated and expensive it is to build something as complex as a near zero lag video conference app with just a handful of tools designed specifically for music. You need a team of expert developers who share your vision and are just as excited to work on it as you are.
We really lucked out having the previous connection to Arcane Four in Ottawa. These guys are the supernerds of the development industry and some of the smartest people I have ever met. They know their stuff and they do their research and tests. In fact, I was just scolded by one of them (they can be passionate haha) that I was never to make promises to people without the developers first testing it out. “It’s always best to test!” they say. It also helps that they are hobby musicians in creating this.
Being a piano teacher, I really don’t surround myself with people in the business world. I do, however, have one link. That link is a friend and my accountant Ryan Kagan who has become the project manager for this operation. He got this vision rolling by finding the perfect people who share our vision. We gathered our team and set forth to propose our idea to different sources for funding. It was a much harder process than I thought! Ryan had other paths to take if something didn’t work out. Just as we had nearly given up hope and were nearly forced to go with an unfavourable option, the light at the end of the tunnel began to shine brighter and brighter!
Out of the blue, an old friend from music school reached out to me. He wants to invest! Then Ryan started calling his list of investor people he knows, thinking we might get one yes, but everyone said yes and we ended up with so many offers! The BDC supported our efforts! People kept calling! We are overwhelmed with the support we have been receiving. It has truly been unbelievable and we thank everyone so so much for believing in us.
I’m leaving you with this fantastic quote by Poet Carl Sandburg. Thank you all for having confidence in us.
“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”