I spent this past week visiting our R&D department in Herzlia, Israel. This represented several firsts for me both personal (first time in the Middle East) and professional (meeting the other half of our small company).
I can report back one of the most positive experiences one could hope for. The hospitality was first rate. Everyone spent considerable effort seeing to it that I was made to feel at home. I was well fed (perhaps too well) and delivered back to my hotel each night.
But of course, the purpose of the trip was to discuss our Product Development. And discuss we did - from the moment we arrived in the morning to around 8:00 each night.
What struck me was the enormous enthusiasm. Not only did everyone participate in lively discussions on all of the scheduled topics, but everyone wanted more. Several times each day there was a request that I stop by this person's desk or meet that person at the coffee machine to discuss a new idea or view a working prototype proof-of-concept. This, for a Product Manager, is the equivalent of a trip to Willy Wonka's factory!
I can tell you that the R&D department of SharedBook has been very busy working on some exciting new features. And by year-end many will be available to our ever expanding client list.