Show & Tell: Share with others what are you working on and one lesson you learned from it. GO 👊
Maker & Founder of ThreadStart.io
I'm working on a Twitter thread scheduling application (threadstart.io) and the single biggest learning was to quickly release new things and iterate. I've previously tried to launch a SaaS but spent a year overengineering a solution that never made it to production. This time I'm shipping quickly, trying to get feedback as soon as possible and then improve the product based on the feedback. 5 months in and I'm way further than I would have imagined back when I first started.
Head of Content @ Loops
I've been curating a weekly newsletter called Workspaces (https://www.workspaces.xyz/) that brings you inside the workspace of a creative, founder, artist, etc each week! The main lesson I've learned is that consistency is key! Growth has been steady and open rates have remained >50% per newsletter and I think a key reason for this is that subscribers know to expect the newsletter every Sunday morning.
Maker: HIGHSCORE.domains, WhatsNew.co
Hey @5harath 👋 I'm working on HIGHSCORE.domains and the biggest thing I learned after the PH launch is - we never really know what user wants unless we launch or start accepting beta users. I thought my customers would be interested in tools like website monitor (get alert when website down), Coming soon landing pages for the unused domains. Looks like most PRO customers are interested ins selling their unused domains So yes - launch early get feedback. Btw, listening to your racket audio where you mentioned about not worrying too much about PH motivated me to launch early (just launched without any plan) and it turned out well :) thanks 😇
Co-founder Poppins.me Nocoder & UX
Hey we're building Poppins, a Slack app for founders, leaders & managers to make Slack actionable. (Https://poppins.me ) It was an internal tool for us until we saw a huge demand from our founder friends. We decided to launch it on Slack app directory. Within 2 weeks of our launch, We have 70+ teams using it Poppins app featured as number #1 productivity app on Slack app directory Our users are loving it, they're able to save ~ an hour of their time. We're planning to launch on PH soon.. Check it out at Poppins.me
Engineer, Product, athlete, indie hacker
Entrepreneur and video strategist
We are working on Zipcan. Beta customers that signed up through Product Hunt have now gotten access to the full product 💥 I agree with @5harath and @fscholz that shipping early and often is the right approach. Going deeper on that, we have built in stages ALPHA (people we already knew) > BETA (Public release on Product Hunt) > FULL RELEASE INVITE (All beta customers + targeted marketing for invite only) > PUBLIC RELEASE (This is where we are now). The whole process has taken about 7 months.
Co-Founder & COO @ tl;dv
Working on tl;dv (https://tldv.io/) since 2020 to empower people to feel emotionally safe when declining meetings and to quickly catch up with the most important bits async. The biggest learning: don't confuse (even overwhelmingly) positive reactions with product validation. As founders we are naturally excited about our products and can quickly spark excitement while talking to people in customer calls. My takeaway: in product discovery, I always ask for a form of "currency" Tier 1: Time - are they willing to test my product? Tier 2: Reputation - are they willing to recommend it to colleagues? Tier 3: Money - are they willing to pay for it? As hard as it is: always be brutally honest with yourself - false validation is a real threat & time killer.
🔥 Taking products from good to great
Hey @5harath 👋 We're building Sideby, an 1-click way to guide your users through any issue on your app. Made for startups focused on SaaS. Biggest lesson so far: planning is important, but understanding your users is a matter of hard work. You can't plan being nice and gathering feedback 😉 We'll be launching on PH soon after closed beta is over :) Would love to have your feedback! https://www.sideby.io/
CEO at Typedream
Hey @5harath, I built Typedream (https://typedream.com/), a Notion-like website builder, and learned how to solve a problem with the least amount of technology and features. After numerous other projects, my team and I spent the least amount of engineering time on Typedream. Instead, we spent most of our time with our users and they not only love that we're listening to them but they're also simping for us.
Founder of The Tactical View
I'm working on my free soccer/football newsletter, The Tactical View (https://thetacticalview.com/), where we interview elite coaches and players in the game. We also provide analysis, trivia and latest news. The biggest lesson I have taken from it is that consistency is key. Ensuring that the content is ready each week is not easy, but finding a routine that suits you is the best way to manage this.
CMO at GrowSurf
Building GrowSurf 2.0 to $1M ARR, we're a referral marketing SaaS that makes it easy for tech startups to launch their own rewards program. After my 1st month as CMO, I've found that going after your target market isn't just about defining your ideal customer, but also excluding non-ideal customers from your marketing. We had a bit over 9% churn last month, which is too high for comfort. Lots of our churn came from non-ideal customers so it's not less of a worry and more of a wakeup call to laser focus our content.
Working on a lifestyle weightloss program for founders and entrepreneurs. Personally lost 57lbs so far this year. A1c from 7.3 to 5.0. BMI from 32.50 to 24.5. All based on food and nutrition changes. Built many startups in the past, trying to figure out exactly what this product/service might be for maximum impact for founders/entrepreneurs.
Founder | Hive by Squadworks
Hello @5harath - I’m working on an application that brings all your documents in one place so it’s easy to find (hive.squadworks.io). I have worked at large companies building products that reached 100s of millions, so building something on my own itself has been a huge learning experience! There are no product managers, engineers, designers, marketers - it’s all just my partner and me. We have our MVP, trying to figure out best way to get feedback from users.
We are working on a language learning app, and the biggest lesson so far is that we needed to focus on our main USP instead of throwing in as many benefits as possible. Part of it is being afraid to focus on a specific niche and "lose" the rest of the market. I would strongly suggest to have a mentor look at your landing page so that a fresh and experienced pair of eyes could spot things like that. We were trying to attract both "busy" and "lazy" people, not realizing that these categories need different things, and even the design can probably be different.
CEO of Lanteria and Talenteria
I'm working on Talenteria career site builder (https://www.talenteria.com/) I learned that employer branding & recruitment marketing professionals in big companies are very dependent on the marketing department. They need more flexibility and authority when it comes to recruitment campaigns. So we launched a microsites feature to help create and manage campaigns on go independently. BTW you can share some support with us - https://www.producthunt.com/post...