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The meribook story!

Gravatar Alauddin Ahmed wrote this on Jun 12 / 0 comments

Hi All,

Alauddin here, founder of Jazzy Marketing and co-creator of Meribook with Mohammed Sadiq.

Not sure if you have read my blog post on what our software does, you can find it here Meribook - the pdf ebook killer!  If you haven't read the post you should and you'll see that the story there is completely made up to grab attention while still showing how the software is used.  

But today, I wanted to share with you our real Meribook story!

How Meribook was born in December of 2014!

You see, I have been running Jazzy Marketing as a web design firm since 2005.  It was a hobby, freelance work at first while I still had a 'job' and as time went on it became clear that I needed to take the plunge.

So, in 2010 I moved from Chicago to Hyderabad, India, my home town and set up shop.

The website projects we got, we did them in what I knew well - Drupal.

I even created a series of videos to give back to the Drupal community and posted them on my site - https://ilovedrupal.com

Sadiq, the co-creator of Meribook is a core "Ruby on Rails" guy and loves the Basecamp Story.

The truth is, even though I have heard many times from Sadiq the "programmer happiness" mantra that is in the RoR community, today is the first time I have actually searched for the "basecamp story" and read the Basecamp Story.

Wow! That story is sooo right on, it's how I got to writing this blog :)

You see, we were frustrated like Jason from Basecamp having tried various project management softwares to organize our work, but always reverting back to our old inefficient ways.

I have attempted at my own "Project Management" type system... named iKeeperOnline, first in PHP back in 2005 and then again in Drupal in 2013 along with Sadiq. 

iKeeper never actually took hold even with us for many reasons, but in this frustration to better organize, Sadiq banged up a prototype of Meribook in I think 10 days or so.  The prototype was not a Project Management tool, but a "Knowledge Management" solution... Yet another thing that was frustrating us.

Ruby on Rails behind Meribook! 

To summarize our conversation...
Sadiq said something like this

"I know you love Drupal",
But "I'm a happy programmer"!
And here is my "happy knowledge management solution!"
Book >> Chapter >> Section

Storing of knowledge does not get simpler than this!
Now, don't make it complicated!

I guess, it would be correct to assume that Sadiq is a very "happy programmer" :) because the prototype did not need a lot of convincing.  The UI was simple and efficient!

Well to make the story short, within a month we had our MVP version, and a year later...

December 2015 - Meribook officially became the PDF eBook Killer!

We launched Meribook to the public as a Knowledge base solution, with marketing features baked in!  After all, we are Jazzy Marketing :)

So, there you have it... That's The Meribook Story!

It has changed the way we do business.

We are now more confident in our abilities "To Help You Grow Your Business And Ours Online!"

It's been an amazing experience working on Meribook!

I hope it helps you Document. Distribute. Profit. 
From one of the most valuable commodity...
Your Knowledge Base!

Take care,

Alauddin Ahmed

 

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