We have an update from Jules Yap, Ikea-hacker in chief, from episode 128! She was invited to the Ikea mothership in Sweden and reports back:
I was nervous, actually, about meeting the “IKEA people”. Before the trip, I play a thousand different permutations of how the discussions could go. I brainstormed possible “objections to my site” and how I would counter them. I did my homework and downloaded charts of my site’s pageviews, unique visitors, Facebook Likes. I practised my poker face and steely gaze. And told myself to remember to breathe.
Instead, I was surprised. They were open, warm and came bearing hot cinnamon rolls. A few IKEA co-workers, when they knew that I was in the building, came to say hello and affirm their support for IKEAHackers. I think after the third handshake, my apprehensions melted away.
At the end of the discussion, we agreed that there would be a written agreement - that IKEA will continue letting me use its trademark as long as my site does not bring harm or damage to the IKEA brand. And no, they will not be paying me or employing me. :D As of now, I have yet to receive a draft of the agreement. My lawyer is on standby to vet it with a fine tooth comb. Till I sign the dotted line, I can’t really put this behind me yet.