So I am finally finished writing my software product after a long time (1.5 years)...full time almost development and research by myself.
This software is designed for businesses and research companies, it's application varies greatly.
The picture of this industry I have is that I ran a consulting/service firm for about 1 year before starting writing this software.
Basically, I wanted to write something better, and there is not many options out there. I also wanted a tool I could use easily, and hope that other users will benefit from the same simplified and powerful user experience.
So today, I thought I'd give my non-tech friends a shout out to see how they think of it. The response I got was "this is what you've been working on all this time" ? It was a bit like they couldn't fully understand or appreciate this software's purpose, and it's capabilities, design etc.
When I showed the software to some other technologically aware friends, the response was a bit more elevated perhaps they had similar experiences, how difficult it can be to write a full fledged software as a service that has to compete with desktop/server alternatives.
Anyways, I thought I'd expect more feedbacks and responses, but it almost seems that people who has never seen or dealt with this industry and it's software has absolutely no idea.
This lack of "wow!" responses from some non-tech people makes me worrisome, I know there's a market for my type of software, but this market is hard to gauge. I based the market based on the number of leads I landed back in my consulting/service business in this very same industry....
It seems like people are totally unaware of this niche, but the number of leads and potential pricing point that I had been able to work out over the years dealing with leads and clients, I think this is a good sized market.
I have competitors already but there is only one or two other competitors doing the SaaS approach...
I don't know maybe I am just having trouble handling pressure and stress. I am glad that I have finished implementing the final feature. I just need beta testers.....what is my next step ?
Sorry if this is ranty, I was quite upset that I didn't get the response I expected from the non-tech folks....for example, the software UI and process is simplified but that simplification process took a lot of trial and error, research (basically reading 50 different phd papers on the domain), and a lot of time writing, rewriting, testing code. The code writing was the lesser problem (I had to learn few extra languages on the go) but more of how can I design an elegant pattern to process some data etc......
Should I be worried or am I being too paranoid here from the stress ?