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Pioneer

An online tournament for productivity.

4.4/5
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Apply to Pioneer with any type of project you need help with. It could be a company, physics research or art. Play the tournament. Become a Pioneer.

Pioneers receive a $5,000 investment with an option for a $20,000 follow-on, a ticket to San Francisco and much more.

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Customer Success Manager @ Gtmhub

" Thank you so much for participating in the October Pioneer Tournament. Unfortunately, your application was not selected as a winner.

Please don’t take this personally — the selection process was extremely difficult. We had to turn away a lot of promising applications. "

That was the response that I received after the competition.

Is this how you support and help improve and further develop the next ambitious leaders of the world?!

Jesus.... I'm not happy!

Pros:

My hope was that I'll receive professional feedback from experts that have indeed the necessary competence to do so. I was wrong.

Cons:

The entire initiative is a cheap PR stunt that aims to position Daniel Gross as a supporting entrepreneur. It's all a big, fake mascara!!!!!

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Co-founder Milk Video (YC W21)
Pioneer is in the early stages. Led by a small handful of people. I'm just seeing the beginning of this project, but I can wholeheartedly say - they are on to something. I dont agree with the con-points above for Pioneer. I think the execution behind the project was 100% to make sure there was as large of a surface area for the potential participants to be exposed to the project. From my own interactions with @danicgross and @narang_rishi, I have found them incredibly humble and selfless. I gather nothing but their own willingness to work hard, and leverage what they can to help all the Pioneer participants get the exposure they need. I have been following the project since August and I think their launch was a huge success, with the right amount of P.R.. They have continued to execute relentlessly, month-after-month releasing new features and keeping it going week-after-week. I can not strongly recommend enough that if you have a side project and want to hold yourself accountable, sign up to the next cohort!
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Co-founder Milk Video (YC W21)

Hugely appreciative of Pioneer for the sense of urgency it created for me last month. I highly recommend you to participate in the next cohort if you have a side-project, but are burdened with inertia... For me, even the positive feedback was socially reaffirming. It spurred my creativity and excitement to do more.

Pros:

Helps create sense of urgency and social accountability around building personal side projects.

Cons:

I wish it was bigger and even more people were in it!

I'm a expert-generalist

I participate into the pioneer tournament three time, the joy of participating is less and less present for many different reason. 1) They probably use the lean + agile Kool-Aid, which is not suitable for developing a great social network. 2) Lack of incentivization for supporting constructive feedback 3) Their gamification model is sub-par and childish 4) No public channel to discuss openly about the app, we are in 2019, we have Discourse,Inside etc... no excuse! 5) They don't promote other productive application for helping fellow pioneer, which is kinda stupid because we are all about productivity. I don't know if I will participate to the next tournament nor recommend the app, the app itself could be easily 10x better.

Pros:

Some fellow pioneer are really cool people, I wish them the best.

Cons:

Some pioneer lack maturity, the lack of incentivization mechanism for the voting process kill the utility of the application.

I'm a expert-generalist
Maybe the lack of constructive feedback is generated by bots to generate a minimum of activity on the app, that would be a good explanation and reflect the level of advancement bots as right now.
Designer by day, Founder by night

I was in the first and second months of Pioneer (if I remember correctly) and it was exciting. Get in there, share my product, collect some feedback, iterate iterate iterate. The issue came a few weeks in when we began running into bouncing rankings and steep drop in review quality. I looked further into the project and found a lot of transparency issues with how things are ran, how their team of "pro reviewers" interact with us, and 0 response from the creators when reaching out. Over time they've fixed quite a few of these issues and have build a good platform that I support, but I think I'll just watch for now. Keep it up guys, but also keep fixing the problems.

Pros:

Great platform for feedback, some insightful reviews

Cons:

Not enough feedback, transparency issues