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@rahulvarshneya Thanks for posting Exist, Rahul! I'm one of the co-founders, happy to answer any questions about it :)
@BelleBCooper I was aware that you're the co-founder of Exist. I'm a fan of your writings! :) Found the product interesting, but wanted to know some use cases where it goes beyond information and analyses.
@rahulvarshneya Thanks!Sure, so right now we can see correlations like your mood is better when you listen to less music, or your steps are higher when you check-in more. We're working on insights that take those correlations and make them useful, which we've already started testing.One example I love is when Exist knows you are more active or have a better mood on days after you go to bed before 10pm, it can suggest that you try to get to bed by 10pm every day this week. Jawbone introduced challenges like this recently but they were lacking the personal context that Exist has.Another one is if you're trying to be more active, Exist can see your average step counts and work out which days are more of a struggle for you. It can then suggest small changes like a ten-minute walk on Saturday afternoon because it knows that you're usually fairly sedentary at that time.Are those the kind of examples you were after?
As devices start tracking more signals, we'll likely see patterns we never would have expected. Very need product, @BelleBCooper.I'm curious to hear more about your decision to semi-crowdfund the project, accepting the first 1,000 backers (https://exist.io/backers/)
I agree, @rrhoover. We've found some funny ones in our data already—for instance, my co-founder has better days when it's cloudy. We've also found useful ones, though, like knowing that I tweet less and listen to less music when I'm in a better mood. We still need to do a lot of work to extrapolate meaning from that (i.e. I'm happier when I'm out and about with friends, rather than at home in front of my computer), but we're getting there.Sure, so we have been mulling over pricing options for a while, and we're not keen to make it a free product at this stage because we don't have the time to support lots of free users. We have a big enough waiting list and have talked to a lot of people who signed up to hear about it to know that there's interest there, and we're confident that we're providing value already and our next couple of features will really blow people away, so we decided to start with a paid-only product and the Kickstarter-type campaign means that we could both work on it full-time for the next 6 months+, as well as validating the market.
Makes it clear @BelleBCooper! :)