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Oct 4 / Vivi

What determination means

Three years ago I’ve started building a Politics Map of Romania.

It tracks the activity of most active politicians, from election results, to parliamentary activity (if they are in the parliament), how they voted on things, presence in Parliament, to mentions in the press.

It’s probably my most stubborn project to date. I’ve worked on it for about a year and a half on weekends and nights. I’ve invested more time in this than in any other personal project.

Whenever I tell most people in Romania about it I am greeted with skepticism at best and with tales of how doomed this project is at worse. I have about 50 visitors per day on a good day. Almost nobody refers to it. The political bloggers in Romania don’t seem to use it.

And yet, against all odds, against all common sense, I have a deep belief that not only does this need to exist, but it’s important to exist. It’s so important that I need to work on it whenever I find some time to do it.

Whenever I work on it, I still do it with almost the same enthusiasm as when I started the project. I accept that I might be slightly crazy for believing in it so much, but I just can’t help it.

I think that’s what people mean when they talk about the determination of a startup founder.

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  1. Vlad / Oct 9 2011

    Keep working on it, it’s one of the most awesome things I came across in a while!

  2. Vivi / Oct 9 2011

    Thanks Vlad. I’ll try to find the time to do more development on it before the 2012 elections.

  3. kellogs / Oct 11 2011

    I do not know why the political analyst bastards would not consider it, but it really is a way out of this whole mess. Hang on to it, they will eventually open their eyes. Tip

    Section “H” – restoring democracy to the ‘demos’

    Today’s topic: “change the lack of guilt presumption to guilt-prone presumption for a certain class of citizens: senators, deputies, ministers, etc. Make it so that if N Romanian citizens consider them guilty, they would either have to prove their innocence otherwise do time”

    Once the internet protrudes our houses more and more, we might actually come to have a direct word in the ruling houses. From the gossips, it takes 500 000 votes from the crowds in these times for a law to bypass both Parliament’s chambers.

  4. Diana / Oct 11 2011

    Vivi this is a great idea. Keep up the good work. You’ll break through “the wall”, you’ll see.:)
    Need a helping hand, let me know.

  5. alexnicolae / Oct 24 2011

    i do apreciate it ! good work !

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