Javelin by Lean Startup Machine

All-in-one platform for building products people want

4.8/5
About

Javelin helps you test startup ideas with potential customers and gives you data to guide your decisions.

Record and transcribe customer interviews, test landing pages, and use pre-designed surveys to analyze the most important feedback.

Eight years working with startups around the world. ProductHunt's Founder is 2x alumnus of our workshop.

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Founder, Holojam

Trevor and Grace are well known experts in bringing products from idea to market. This software allows companies to leverage their knowledge and insights at scale.

I was an early beta user of this product and have worked with Trevor and Grace since 2012.

Looking forward to seeing the next generation of great ideas and business models that are developed now that Javelin has reached 1.0.

Pros:

If you're looking for a low risk way to test new product innovations, Javelin gives you a framework designed by experts.

Cons:

It will be even more powerful with lots of users. So sign up :)

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Designer Founder, Javelin
Thanks Michael!

The hardest part for any startup I've built or worked with is finding paying users and fully validating your idea. It's not enough to have some paying users if you have never explored other customer segments and their pain points. You may not be servicing the largest pain point and the largest potential customer segment. I can not stress how this issue of building product in the wrong direction is, it can turn a great team, and a decent product into a failure.

For me it took years until I went through the lean startup machine to see how focused product validation helps. It's the opportunity cost of building product and spending time on something people don't want that scares me the most.

Javelin is the combination startup lessons and failures into a working model for startups. The teachings are in almost every accelerator in the world and javelin is here to bring this to everyone for free.

It's not enough to know what you want to build. Your customers need to want your idea, and want to pay for it. I've see this problem over and over again. Pushing though our own ego lets you build the best version of the product. This process of pushing beyond what you think, in to what you know is what the Javelin process does. This is what lean means for a startup. Our best intentions can divert our focus away from the prize, away from cash flow. This is why I love this process and I know it will help many people all over the world.

Pros:

Validating customers who love your product before you build or invest too much is invaluable. It's incredible that this is free to use now

Cons:

Waited forever for something like this, so happy it's here.

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Mayhem.gg, MagicBus, YC alum

I've tried the previous iteration of Javelin and I didn't stick. I'm constantly doing interviews, and I really dig the new structured approach to formulate assumptions and interview directions.

Pros:

It's like having a guide to help you fill out the assumptions you want to test

Cons:

I have not gone through the entire interview cycle to have an informed opinion

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Entrepreneur and Author
Thanks Ray! Your feedback going forward would be invaluable for helping us take it to the next level.
Designer Founder, Javelin
Thanks Ray! Let us know your feedback anytime
Co-Director Startup Grind

I can't wait to see Javelin helping entrepreneurs globally!

Pros:

Easy to use, FREE, well structured, great support

Cons:

The only con I can think of is not having access earlier

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Director of Innovation, Intel China

If more & more startups begin to use Javelin, this can become de facto standard for investors to do due dilligence on the startups they are investing in.

Pros:

Great way to capture & track customer validation

Cons:

None so far

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Designer Founder, Javelin
Thanks Kapil!
Founder - http://yu-mi.us

We are using Javelin to optimize product-market fit for our own startup and its working great!

Pros:

Systematic approach to Lean, Easy to follow steps, Fast

Cons:

No Chinese transcripts (yet)

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I'm working on my first startup as a solo-founder and using Javelin to help sketch out and conduct customer interviews has been awesome for me. I just finished my second interview today (in person). The UX is really clean and it's allowed me to stuff a lot of different thoughts and ideas into it. Since it forces me to be clear about what I'm doing I've been much more focused than I would have been if I solely relied on what I've picked up from books and videos. I'm also excited about seeing the digital and IRL communities grow with the tool!

Pros:

Holds your hand through the process of coming up with customer hypothesis to finding product market fit.

Cons:

There was an issue with the automated dialing feature a little while ago so I haven't tested it yet.

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Designer Founder, Javelin
Thanks Casey! Means so much. We built Javelin just for entrepreneurs like you, so keep the feedback coming!

Keeping an eye on this project since 2015, happy to see it finally happen.

Pros:

All set up, just try it with a project, real or fake, even for testing or educational is a great tool

Cons:

not anyone by now

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Designer Founder, Javelin
Thanks for your support Pascual! Let us know your feedback anytime
Innovation Ronin

Great for those wanting to better understand their customer needs as it relates to their product or service

Pros:

Solid methods, used in the real world

Cons:

Thought it was dead

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Investment Analyst Chinaccelerator

Trevor, Grace, and Ryan are all veterans in the field. They've helped many startups navigate the perilous early stages of customer acquisition and product development. They've taken the lessons they've learned over the years and turned it into a platform that can help any entrepreneur avoid failing slow.

Pros:

It's a full stack product innovation service. How do you not waste time and precious resources? It's simple. Use Javelin.

Cons:

Interviews are big aspect of this platform, but many entrepreneurs may undervalue the importance of speaking directly to the customer.

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Provides a repertoire of tools for startups to validate their ideas and understand customers needs to make better decisions in the direction of the startup. Especially love the feature of auto-transcribing interviews and to gauge the likeliness of conversion. Highly recommend to all new startups to check it out! (Y)

Pros:

A must have tool for any up and coming startups!

Cons:

Haven't found any cons so far.

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Was very helpful for my team where we had different backgrounds - gave us a very strong common platform to work based on

Pros:

Helps a team structure the work and keep focused on measurable results.

Cons:

All products and startups are different. The framework is a bit skewed towards B2C.

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Amazing and must use tool for anyone who is trying to validate their business idea.

The tools helps you identify the right customer segment and their top problem by means of customer interview and landing pages.

Will save months of time if used appropriately.

Pros:

Easy to set up, quick to test hypothesis, Hypothesis testing is FREE.

Cons:

Interview templates and AdWords Integration is PAID. Should have had a Freemium model.

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Good initiative. And the clear thought and the 1st step is critical to every startup.

Pros:

A good tool easy to understand and follow instruction

Cons:

Not sure if VPN is a must for access in mainland China

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AngelHack China Director

can't wait to test my next idea.

Pros:

Great team behind the product, proven experience, FREE, well structured

Cons:

finally on the market

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Can't wait to see it helping more entrepreneurs!

Pros:

REALLY HELPFUL FOR validating assumption & reflecting on product design & learn from the customers and more

Cons:

not coming out earlier

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Marketing Professional

I'm just getting back on after their absence. More to come...

Pros:

It's a great way to get to product market fit and truly be honest with yourself about your product or service

Cons:

I'd like to see it integrate into other tools and solutions

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enthusiast

Great team and great product

Pros:

Fantastically systematic way to understand customer feedback and gain insight into product market fit

Cons:

None so far, I wish they'd launched sooner!

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LSM is awesome and I follow the programs

Pros:

Love that we can do LSM online now

Cons:

Waited for this too

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MOX

This method works, it help people understand what they don't know. What they don't know is the most dangerous and can kill them. The platform is free and lets anyone validate their ideas.... It's awesome!

Pros:

Love the method and I've used with in my own accelerator called MOX. We use it to validate ideas and help our startups grow in new markets

Cons:

Nothing right now, it's a solid product.

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