Who's paying for this?



  • Hi,

    Just wondering how this project is being financed/who should we be thankful to?

    Obviously this software costs money, then you have the servers and so on.

    Intrigued that is all :)

    Thanks,

    G



  • MangoLassi is a proof of concept, and hopefully flagship, internally managed online community from GroveSocial which is a subsidiary of Dutch Colonial Heritage Development Corporation (DCHDC) in Texas. GroveSocial is a social media community building and social media marketing consulting firm startup that looks to assist companies with their social media strategies and to build and manage complete social media experiences on their behalf, both public and private.

    GroveSocial is very much in a startup phase right now and MangoLassi is our first hosted online community. It is really a proving ground for some advanced community technology to demonstrate our ability to build, host, manage and nurture a community. We chose to go down the technology community path for our first community because of the natural synergy that exists between IT professionals and social media, for one, and because our IT consultants, on whom we rely heavily for the technical portions of our service, are extremely versed in the technology areas of social media and play an important role in our overall strategy and in the community here. Because it takes IT to build an online community, it is just natural to have an online community about IT. Surprisingly, public forums and communities that are not run by a single vendor (Cisco has their own community around Cisco products, for example) are few and far between. Nearly all answer to a product or single vendor for mission and goal. We saw an opening and an opportunity and decided that this was the best place to go, and from the looks of it, we were right!

    But by no means is MangoLassi our only community. More are in the pipeline already and last night's maintenance was part of that preparation work as we change some of the delivery stack to enable multiple communities on the same platform. We'll announce new communities in here as they go live, hopefully to generate some additional interest. GroveSocial plans to operate and maintain several vibrant, living communities of our own to showcase what we can do, in additional to building communities for customers.



  • Sounds cool. It's still very purple



  • Sorry guys the purple stays for now. With the newest update from Nodebb we are a little stuck for now on being able to change things.



  • We here at NTG were asked to come in as the technical consultants. GroveSocial is purely a social media company, and needed a Technical Firm to help them get off the ground. So not only have we gotten to help make decisions on the hosting and platform we have also had a chance to help them build this community up.

    We are having lots of fun being in on something from the start.



  • Are there any new social communities on this platform yet?



  • @IRJ said:

    Are there any new social communities on this platform yet?

    ML is definitely the biggest to date.


  • Service Provider

    @IRJ said:

    Are there any new social communities on this platform yet?

    @Dominica and I have our own travel blog and podcast site: Kidding Around Europe

    We have a social community for that site (that no one is using yet) but we hope to get some traction. We'd love it if people were going there to discuss European Travel (especially travel with kids.) GroveSocial runs that site for us.

    http://community.kiddingaroundeurope.com/


  • Service Provider

    GroveSocial decided to release its ownership information today:

    http://mangolassi.it/topic/2505/govesocial-ml-ownership


  • Service Provider

    Also sharing a new community that GroveSocial is running on my and @dominica's behalf, the Kidding Around Europe Community. This is the travel with (and without) kids social community that is associated with our blog and podcast. Come check it out and participate, please!



  • I haven't updated this thread in awhile and another thread reminded me I should : DCH is a NTG customer that does business management services and when I was starting GS I had used them to handle logistics to get the company started. So in the very early months DCH was involved as a business partner but DCH hasn't been involved or an owner since original logistics were completed. Once I had GS fully set up everything was then moved to me directly. MangoLassi was literally started over night after a late night phone call.

    The nature of SMB is that companies work together on projects all of the time. I couldn't get GS setup fast enough to support MangoLass so had to hire a company that could do it for me and help with all the crazy logistics FAST. Of course I was going to go with someone I knew. DCH was awesome to work with and did a lot to get me on my feet fast.



  • @minion-queen Thanks for the reply ;) hope all is well your end. Thanks, Gabi.


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    @gabi said in Who's paying for this?:

    @minion-queen Thanks for the reply ;) hope all is well your end. Thanks, Gabi.

    Hey, long time, how have you been?



  • @scottalanmiller Hey Scott, not too bad thanks. Ticking a long !! Nice to you you're still on here and Spiceworks !! How's life treating you, family all ok ?


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    @gabi said in Who's paying for this?:

    @scottalanmiller Hey Scott, not too bad thanks. Ticking a long !! Nice to you you're still on here and Spiceworks !! How's life treating you, family all ok ?

    Things are good. Back in the US after several years ago. Busy doing new work with DCH that is Texas based so decided it was time to be located there for a while. So planning to be in the US for a couple of years at least. Kids are well and glad to be home for a while.

    Staying busy. And in NY for MangoCon right now.


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