Friday, 27 July 2012

An Open Letter from the founder


Dear Members, Friends, Business Partners and Colleagues,

10 years have gone by, just like at a blink of an eye. Now that I have spent the time to look back and saw what we have done, I have no regrets, but stunned with an unbelieving stare. Against all odds, we stayed on for 10 years. Undoubtedly, the most important factor that brought us this far were the trust, the support and the help that you have given us.

The main purpose for doing up this Official website of i-Open-House.com history is for recording and sharing our past. No big deal and nothing great. However, we should not forget about our past nor should we live in it. This site will be served as a milestone in our company's history.

On a lighter note, now that I am looking at those works created during the initial few years, I found that they were rather primitive and amateurish. Having said that, it is good to be able to laugh at ourselves. :)

Back then, the manifesto was to up the IT knowledge of Real Estate Agents and to bring productivity to the way they work. Although we did not achieve monetarily, we earned our experiences and gained our understandings of the Real Estate and the IT industry over the years.

Setting up all our services over the last decade was exciting and challenging. Nonetheless, going through what we have done, what we have planned but not executed, what we had started and terminated, and those half done projects and ideas, were just overwhelming because they were so many.

To discontinue our services we started 10 years ago was an extremely difficult decision. This is because we still have a small group of clients who needed those services. Furthermore, we still have interesting ideas and concepts yet to be executed. Hopefully, in the coming years, I will be able to meet more right people and we will look into them again. I still want to change the way we do things for the better.

As the saying goes, "The only constant in life is change."

The 3 reasons why we have to painfully make this decision are:-
  1. The changes in the Internet, technology and business environment are greater than we can cope over the past 3 years. We need to reinvent ourselves.
  2. We are only servicing a very small niche group of clients at a mass pricing which is not economical for us.
  3. We have learned a lot about the business over the years and would like to have a fresh start with a new direction by pulling all our resources, focus and energy into it.
Nonetheless, we are not finished yet. Hopefully, if the time comes that we can be of your service again, you will render your full support to us.

If you are interested and have the time, you may like to check out our new Mondarlezo website to learn about our new direction. You may also check out my new brainchild, iViewhouse, which is still relevant to the property agents.

Last but not least, for those of you who wanted to have a permanent copy of your old i-Open-House virtual tours, for record, reuse, as a gift or whatever reasons, please check out our new version here, which is in a video format that you can upload to Youtube.

Again, I sincerely thank you all for those trust, support and help that you have given us during all these years. Please do keep in touch.

Thank You

- jaywin chia