B-Side Ripped Me Off
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, May 18, 2009 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

Ok, maybe that’s putting it a little harsh. “My festival scheduler”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/festival-scheduler-beta/ may not be _that_ original, but I did sit down with a couple guys from BSide.com a couple months ago, then today received this survey “about” Austin Film Festival which lists at least 3 of my festival scheduler ideas.

I don’t hold it against them, though. I’d just love to see my ideas implemented for a bigger audience, where I can use them too.

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2 Responses to “B-Side Ripped Me Off”

Comment from Chris Hyams
Time June 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Johnny,

Just stumbled on this post. Not every day we get accused of ripping someone off, so I figured I should set the record straight.

Let’s start with a few relevant dates:

– You emailed me on 3/19/09 suggesting we meet to talk.
– We met for lunch on 3/24/09 and you described your system.

For any readers who didn’t see the survey, the full text of the question above can be found here:

http://bside-images.s3.amazonaws.com/misc/festival_survey.jpg

All of the features listed here – except the last one – are ones we introduced at SXSW, weeks before we met. The following blog post from 3/6/09 introduces these features:

http://www.bside.com/blog/2009/03/06/introducing-festival-genius/

Any of the several thousand people who used our SXSW site can vouch for the fact that these features were all in place well before we met with you.

The last feature – rating films via Twitter, was part of our SXSW Twitter review contest, but it wasn’t built into our product yet. We just launched that last week at CineVegas:

http://www.bside.com/blog/2009/06/10/new-festival-genius-feature-ratings-via-twitter/

The survey you got was sent out to Austin Film Festival attendees. These features were not yet available during AFF, and we wanted to gauge how much these features would appeal to users who hadn’t seen them yet.

I’m writing this, as I mentioned above, to set the record straight. More than anything else, I would never want you – or anyone else – to think that B-Side was the kind of company that would meet with an individual and “steal” their ideas. That’s just not how we roll.

Frankly, having built and run nearly 500 film festival web sites over the past 3+ years, there are hundreds of other ideas we’ve talked about that we haven’t had the chance to implement yet. Many of those will make it into our product over time. But in no cases would we “rip off” someone else’s idea and claim it as our own.

I hope this clears the air a bit. Please let me know what you think.

– Chris Hyams, B-Side

Comment from etrigan
Time June 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Sorry if my post sounded harsh. It’s hard to convey a wink online.

I love B-Side and am glad for all your new features. I’ve used it for every festival I’ve attended since it came out. I am a big fan.

I, also, know from several friends in the Austin start-up community that you’re a straight-up guy and wouldn’t steal ideas. Again, I apologize my wry tone sounded bitter, and that there was an impression that you would steal.

I feel like David Letterman…with a much smaller audience…and now I feel worse because that would make you Sarah Palin, and I would never compare you to her.

…ok, time to stop digging. ;)

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