Studio Xia is not a startup
Studio Xia is going to be the umbrella brand for stuff that me and Sushu make. It's a company that we're starting, but it's not a "startup company", more like a family business.
Startup expert Paul Graham defines a startup as a company designed to grow fast at all costs. I'm not very interested in growing fast. I don't want to take venture capital or go into debt buying office space or whatever. My goal is to start something that makes me a modest living. That will be hard enough, I think.
So by Paul Graham's definition, Studio Xia isn't a startup, it's a "barbershop". I'm fine with that.
Anyway, we want to start trying to sell the Chinese learning game at the National Chinese Language Conference this year. It's in early April, in Boston. That gives me a nice hard deadline to keep myself on track. Now until April should be just barely enough time to finish a minimum viable product (I hope).
Of course, when we went to register, they asked for our website, so I needed to throw together a Studio Xia website quickly and have it look halfway professional.
That's why I was messing around with Bootstrap.js, that thing I told you about that makes all websites look the same. The Studio Xia site is therefore full of modern website cliches like that rotating-image-gallery thing (Bootstrap calls it a "carousel"). I'm not exactly proud of it. But it's just meant to be a placeholder, and it's doing its job.
The hardest thing was deciding on a name for the game! I had to call it something so I'm calling it "Legends of Hanyu" for now. This was Ben's suggestion (thanks Ben) and it was the least bad of all the terrible names we brainstormed. There's still time to change it if we can think of something better.
I'm not much of a web designer, as you can tell from evilbrainjono.net. Honestly I'd usually rather just leave everything unstyled and focus on writing words. I think studioxia.com is the first website where I've picked a font.