Mubashar Iqbal

Mubashar Iqbal

#1 maker on Product Hunt with too many side projects. Everyone calls Mubs.

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON September 22, 2015

Discussion

Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
Hi, everyone calls Mubs you should too. I’m the #1 Maker on ProductHunt and responsible for too many side projects, which I forgo sleep to work on but sleep is overrated anyways! I’ve lived on 3 continents, both coasts of the USA, worked with startups and Fortune 500 companies a like. Ask me anything!
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Mubs!!! Similar to @levelsio, I'm super impressed with the quality and quantity of your projects. Here are 18 products launched on Product Hunt over the past year. Why do you keep building stuff? Why not focus on one product?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@rrhoover Shiny things are great right? I love the process of creating things, and until now my projects have been fun things to do on the side. I say until now, because I quit my job recently! I'm very excited about CreatorsLog and may find that I'm gonna focus on it, probably not exclusively because I like to experiment new technology with side projects. I also like to help other people, about half of my products are in partnership with other people, most of whom can't develop!
Seth Louey
Seth Louey@sethlouey · 🙌 2017 & 2016 Maker of the Year Nominee
@mubashariqbal Hey Mubs! Thanks for jumping on. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the past few years?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@sethlouey Thanks Seth, quite the big question to start with. I'm really proud of what we've done to put Upstate New York on the map. There are some really talented people in the area and being able to bring attention to them with things like LevelUp Con and feature some amazing makers on Product Hunt has been awesome.
daniellevine
daniellevine@daniellevine · Fireside
@sethlouey not too far from there, great work @mubashariqbal!
Seth Louey
Seth Louey@sethlouey · 🙌 2017 & 2016 Maker of the Year Nominee
@daniellevine where are you located?
jacilyn
jacilyn@jacilynh · Civil Engr & Flatiron Web Dev. Student
Do you have a favorite podcast?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@jacilynh I love podcast interviews, one of the reasons that I built Interviewed.io, but lately I've really been enjoying hearing startups pitch to VC. ThePitch.vc is really great, and @bramk's new Podcast TimeForStartups (new episode in one hour) is awesome. Can't forget to mention PitchCraft too.
Josh Cookfair
Josh Cookfair@notjoshcookfair
What color is your toothbrush?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
Do you want to focus on Creators Log or Maker MVP at this point or are you seeing which takes off?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@bentossell I'm really passionate about Creators Log, mostly because I think it will part of my future whatever that ends up being. Any future products I build will be documented on Creators Log, so side projects, real startups or MakerMVP projects will be there!
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
@mubashariqbal How many hours of sleep do you usually get each night?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@katesegrin Somewhere between 3 and 4 hours. Occasionally I recharge and sleep 10h :)
Joey Tawadrous
Joey Tawadrous@joey_tawadrous · Happy to be alive & creating projects!
@mubashariqbal @katesegrin Are you kidding me! This is Amazing! How do you keep up your energy levels? Diet / exercise / necessity or what? I mean a lot of people would like to know all about your secret sauce.
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@joey_tawadrous @katesegrin I guess I'm wired differently been this way since high school. The only thing I do try and do is sleep right when I get in bed. No hanging out, reading or watching TV. The bed is for sleeping! If I'm not tired I get out of bed and do something else, no point just tossing and turning :)
Paul Kemp
Paul Kemp@paul_s_kemp · The App Guy Podcast
@mubashariqbal Hi Mubs - During your launch day, do you combine your launches with any other strategy to get into the tech press?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@paul_s_kemp ProductHunt has been great to get coverage from the Press. When reaching out to journalists, letting them know about the traction apps are getting on here really helps show them the app is worth writing about. I haven't really leveraged other products yet, but as my network continues to grow, showing that a product is part of a larger network of products is gonna be good.
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@mubashariqbal Mubs! What's your process? How do you create so much? What advice do you have for others looking to do the same....
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@eriktorenberg I like to tell people somewhat jokingly that I'm selfish and lazy! Most of my ideas revolve around solving problems that I experience, and I write as little code as I can because I'm lazy.
Rob Race
Rob Race@rob__race · Founder of @standup_time & @GetRoadmaps
@mubashariqbal What is your process for prioritizing both projects against one another and tasks across multiple projects(assuming you do multiple at once)?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@rob__race I'm usually pretty open about these being "passion" projects, so I don't have a schedule that I have to commit too. So really its just a matter of what I feel like working on, or if something is broken that I need to fix :)
daniellevine
daniellevine@daniellevine · Fireside
Hey Mubs! You seem to make and find so many great things. What's the best thing you've come across in the last 30 days and why? Could be anything, a product, an article, a blog, a quote, a charity. Literally Anything! Thanks for answering @mubashariqbal
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@daniellevine Wow that's a tough question! I don't want to talk about Creators Log too much, but that's that coolest thing I've seen in the last 30 days! I do read a lot of articles on so if you follow me on Twitter you'll see everything I find!
Judith Straetemans
Judith Straetemans@judithstr · Product Manager @ Addapp
@mubashariqbal Yo mubs! What is the one skill you would never want to miss?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@judithstr I love to be able to think outside of the box! Coming up with solutions that people don't think off is something I really love. Not sure if that counts as a skill, but something I'm happy I can do.
Eric Willis
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
@mubashariqbal Hey Mubs. What do you think is the most significant technological shift in development since you've been developing apps...and why?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@erictwillis Wow things have changed a lot since I started professional development 1995, been actually developing since about 1982, a lot has changed since then!
Eric Willis
Eric Willis@erictwillis · Working on something new
@mubashariqbal Which tech company impresses you the most regarding their technological output and why?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@erictwillis I really am impressed with Slack, their core product is very well done, but the way they open up their platform to integration is really great. Also very impressed with the number of devices they support with native applications, that all seem to work really well!
Tys Bradford
Tys Bradford@tysbradford · App Developer & Founder of BlueTropical
G’day Mubs! As someone who is always making I am curious what process you use in choosing the projects to go after and the ones to shelf. Do you have some sort of checklist (tangible or imaginary) you put an idea through before you go for it? If so, what does this look like?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@tysbradford I try and solve problems for myself, so the checklist is pretty small. My only other criteria, as I take the MVP approach, is that it is something I can build in 2 weeks. I can probably build more than most in 2 weeks, but that makes for a solid product!
Mosaico
Mosaico@mosaicoeditor · Founder, Mosaico
@mubashariqbal about your 18 "made" projects and their score on Product Hunt. Do you see an high correlation betweens upvotes and the following success on the medium/long term? Do you have a best/worst case (the one most undervalued and the one most overvalued by hunters here on PH)?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@mosaicoeditor Votes is a good barometer for interest in your product, and perhaps correlates more to potential market size than to success for failure. That still relies on execution, and how you respond to the feedback you get from users. The best thing that Product Hunt can give you is not votes and traffic, but the feedback from some of the best most talented people on the planet. Take their advice to, decide for yourself what is the best way for you to continue to improve your product.
Daryna Kulya
Daryna Kulya@darynakulya · Co-Founder @ OpenPhone | Product Hunt TO
@mubashariqbal Hey Mubs! How do you stay focused on solving one problem at a time and fight distractions?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@darynakulya Oh man that is hard! I find I work on things I'm passionate about, which helps with staying focused.
Carlos Herrera
Carlos Herrera@carlosherrera · Software Engineer, Epicor Software
@mubashariqbal Hi Mubs. How much time do you invest in each side project? How do you know if one idea will become either a good one or not?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@carlosherrera I try limit myself to 2 weeks to actually build my products. Keeping the sites up-to-date varies, but I don't like to shut sites down, they've been known to stay up for years, before I kill them :(
Jon Sutherland
Jon Sutherland@jmsuth · Just a lefty pushing pixels and code ✌️
Hey Mubs! Do you have any marketing suggestions for people with side projects that you utilize yourself?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@jmsuth PRODUCT HUNT! :) Seriously though, if you do get on Product Hunt make sure you leverage that exposure. When talking to journalists and bloggers mention your PH listing as it shows them that people are interested in your products. My friend @stevepyoung has a great podcast (http://www.appmasters.co/) where he talks with a lot of indie developers about marketing their apps, learned a lot listening to that one.
Ray Hernandez
Ray Hernandez@raydawg88 · Creative Director - Product Maker - Dad
Hey man. Curious...what your long term goal is? One product to really take off, take what you learn and move to a vc role? Or just keep building?
Mubashar Iqbal
Mubashar Iqbal@mubashariqbal · 2016 Maker of the Year. Indie Hacker.
@raydawg88 I really love building things! I think I'll be building things for a long as I can. If I could take an idea, build the MVP and then hand it off to a team to really grow it, would be awesome!