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Mon, Oct 19th
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SixCentral is Changing Names

Over the last few weeks I’ve been talking to SixCentral users, reviewing usage statistics, and digging through hundreds of emails.

After all that work, I finally feel like I have a enough information to create a roadmap that’s inline with my vision for the future.

Simply put, my vision is to deliver something that’s going to change the way designers present their services.

By definition this means, something that’s going to put money in your pocket. Something where you’ll get back much more than you put into it.

I’ll consider it a failure if it does anything less.

Rough outline

So at this point I’d like to share a rough outline of my roadmap for how we’re getting there.

Something you might not know about me is that I own two products: SixCentral & Bidsketch.

SixCentral and Bidsketch are very similar, in fact they’re the same type of product — proposal software for designers and freelancers.

While they’re in the same space, they have very different strengths. They complement each other well. What I’ll be doing is taking the best features of both of them and merging them into a version 2 app.

This is how it’ll work:

  1. There will only be a single product by the name of Bidsketch.
  2. The SixCentral website will be redirected to www.bidsketch.com.
  3. About two months worth of work will take place to merge SixCentral features into Bidsketch.
  4. All active existing SixCentral account information will be automatically transferred over to version 2 of Bidsketch.

You can still log into SixCentral if you already have an account; but only for about two months — the time it will take to merge SixCentral features.

Why did I make this decision?

I’m a big fan of being honest and direct so I’ll be very open about why I’ve made this decision.

  1. SixCentral has a ton of users, but 99% of users have the free account. Not many users feel like they’re getting enough value right now to pay for it.
  2. Bidsketch was released last week and it already has MORE paying users than free users. 15% of users have upgraded from the free account to the paid account in the first week of using it. The value is already there.
  3. It would take a lot more time to merge Bidsketch features into SixCentral than the other way around. Bidsketch is doing some pretty cool things that are very hard to program. The thought of rewriting all of that in another language isn’t very appealing.
  4. In this situation, rebranding is the best way to inject some additional life and enthusiasm into the product.

Now, there’s one thing I want to make clear: the SixCentral team did an awesome job with what they’ve built here. In fact, the features that Bidsketch has, they were planning on adding in the next version. And the features that SixCentral has, I’ll be adding next.

We were essentially taking different approaches to get to the same place.

Bidsketch already gives you more than what you put into it. It’s very focused on one thing — powerful and effective proposal creation.

You can do things like embed images, Flash videos, mix and match sections, and customize almost every part of your proposals.

If you’re interested in checking out Bidsketch now, feel free to do so:

http://www.bidsketch.com

If you take a look now, you’ll notice that it’s more expensive than SixCentral. One thing to keep in mind is that the price will increase even above what you see now. That’s because you get much more back than what you pay.

In any case, even if you want to wait for version 2 features (like invocing), rest assured that all SixCentral users and blog readers will get special pricing. Something close to what you can get now over at Bidsktech.

I think I’ve covered everything I set out to talk about, but if you still have unanswered questions — please feel free to email me:

ruben@bidsketch.com

Thanks!

-Ruben