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The Meaning of Electronic
When we imagine something turning “electronic”, we imagine that thing becoming easier and more efficient. Maestro did it when we turned vulnerable carbon-copy credit card imprints into a secure and encrypted system with qCheck Payment Processing. qCheck processes credit cards without paper, signatures, zip codes, or charge limits. qCheck represents the simplicity that “electronic” can bring, and that was our goal for electronic bidding.
Text2Bid is True Electronic Bidding
To turn paper bid sheets into electronic bid sheets, Maestro focused on the very meaning of “electronic”. Bid sheets needed to become easier, more accurate, and more efficient. Developing a system that required clients to rent devices and networking equipment, and hire contractors to operate that equipment - was a step in the wrong direction. If we weren’t going to make bid sheets easier, then there was no point in doing it at all.
Maestro needed something that was modern and affordable to every client. We don’t exclusively serve the top-tier of non-profits - we serve all non-profits.
The imperative of including all people carried even deeper into the design of Text2Bid, when we decided that excluding text-only bidders was not acceptable. It took months to develop the app for text-only phones to handle bids, cash donations, and merchandise through text messages - but we did it.
When we say that Text2Bid is “true” electronic bidding, it means that Text2Bid embodies the true meaning of electronic. It’s clean, efficient, and simple.