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How to Find a Business Idea

Before revealing the secrets behind every successful business idea to you, let's first dive into the story of some of the most successful business men who bootstraped their companies.

Philip Knight (Nike)

Philip Knight, originating from Oregon, is a runner. He deeply embraces this sport since he is young. Running six miles a day, he enjoys the relaxation you feel when completing a new milestone. The endorphins build up in your body, giving you this joyful sensation of being completely relaxed and safe. Philip is the creator of Nike, one of the most successful sports shoe (and now sportswear) company.

Philip is a shoe dog: someone who is literally obsessed by shoes. His coach Bowerman, who cofounded Nike, formerly Blue Ribbon, with him is also a shoe dog. Bowerman likes to spend countless hours designing and improving existing shoes to improve his runners performances. As Philip is a runner, and Bowerman a runner coach, both are deeply connected to the runners world. They know the pain it can be to run with inappropriate shoes.

Philip later went to Japan, after backpacking around the world for more than a year, to visit a Japanese factory located in Onitsuka. He discovered there, in Kobe, one of the most advanced japanese running shoe, named the Tiger. He decides to talk to the factory owner about importing those shoes to the United-States. Nike is now a 30 billion dollars business.

Do you see where we are heading to? Probably not yet, but you're already half on the way. Let's talk about smaller success story.

Your monthly dose of new features

Now that we prepare to enter winter, our developers do not need an excuse to stay at home and code new features. Plus since the weather is cool here they will not be distracted by snow. Which is why even though our latest post about new features was just 6 weeks ago, here we are again with a new batch. Oh and don't worry for them, as long as we pay them 1€ at the end of each month; it's technically not slavery!

OctoPerf 7.2 is released

We recently released a new minor version of OctoPerf. It includes many improvements in terms of usability and also support for a new monitoring technology. Let's have a look at these.

Usage logs

One of the main feedback from our large customers was about how difficult it can be to follow the activity on a workspace. We decided to implement a new section in the subscription page that will log every test done on the current workspace: Usage Logs

OctoPerf enterprise edition

I am pleased to announce a very important Milestone in OctoPerf's history. OctoPerf is releasing it's Enterprise Edition, an OctoPerf version you can install anywhere and use to run your own tests.

It's been a couple of years since we originally launched OctoPerf and I consider myself lucky to have been part of this adventure. We keep the development pace very high to meet our challenges and are happy now to propose a solution able to deal with high security requirements. The OctoPerf Enterprise Edition is on par with the SaaS solution in terms of features and User Interface. It is still the same easy to learn, quick and price attractive software , but now you can host all data yourself. You own everything. Like our SaaS platform you can use it for free with up to 50 concurrent users. You are not limited in number of test, duration or features. Feel free to give it a try.

If you want to find out more about the required configuration to run it, this is covered in the Enterprise Edition documentation.

Another batch of fresh new features

I know it's hot outside and you feel like you're missing out on your precious sun tan, but that doesn't mean folks at OctoPerf stopped working. In fact we've been working on major features, but more on that in a later post, today, I'd like to talk about the little things that will make you life even easier.

Advanced rights management

Well the first one is a not-so-little thing, we listened to feedbacks regarding the workspace and rights system and implemented an upgraded version. Previously, you could only give access to an entire workspace, which would not be convenient when collaborating with another team or working for several different customers. Since you might not want to allow someone to view or edit all your projects but just a particular one. Which is why we've added advanced rights management: