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Assaf Levy@atlantis76 · Co-founder of yes.no & XLMedia PLC
Good day hunters - I'm Assaf, the CEO and co-founder of https://yes.no. Thanks for taking the time to check us out - Q&A is what I love, so I'll be available all day for any and all questions... We're super excited to be launching our crowd interviewing platform on Product Hunt after going live on web, Android and iOS! *Why?* Most of us have questions we'd love to be able to ask our heroes (and get answered), but there isn't always a simple way to do so. I myself had a question for a musical hero of mine, Samy Birnbach (Minimal Compact vocalist and lyricist), and I dedicated a lot of time and effort to get my answer. I realized that a lot of people have the same problem, that others would benefit if this interaction had been in the public realm, and that my hero enjoyed engaging in meaningful, respectful Q&A. And thus, https://yes.no was born. *Who are we?* We're an 8 person startup, having just launched our web version and gone live on both Google Play and the App Store in 11 languages (with 20 more to come!). We are currently working hard to recruit interesting experts and public figures, with some good results so far! Check out Nobel laureate Alvin E Roth. *Why are we different?* - We focus on the person, rather than the question. Sites like Quora help you find the best answer to your question, by sharing it with the community. On yes.no however, we want to connect you with a specific person that you have a question for. So you can ask your questions to a professor, or your favorite actor, or an entrepreneurship guru, and get authentic answers. - Time is no object. Many popular AMA services (like Reddit's) have been providing a platform for interesting people and their fans to connect through Q&A during one-off events, which don't provide an opportunity for continuous dialogue. On yes.no, users create profiles that they can come back to as and when they feel like it, just as they would on other social networking sites. *How can we improve?* We currently have a few thousand users, but we are constantly looking to provide a better experience and are still learning how to provide the best value for our users. What do you think we can do to improve https://yes.no? Always feel free to contact us directly: Assaf Levy, CEO: assaf@yes.no, Jonathan Doron, BizDev: jonathan@yes.no
Paul Curran@thepaulcurran · Artist/Techie
@atlantis76 @snoopdogg needs to do an AMA on yes.no. He'd be the king! Congrats on the launch!
yonatan doron@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@thepaulcurran @atlantis76 @snoopdogg He is on my hitlist :) One day I will reach him and bring him to yes.no
Sam Doshi@samir_doshi · Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@atlantis76 How do you guys go about onboarding prominent figures? Are they receptive to this platform?
yonatan doron@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@samir_doshi @atlantis76 Hey Sam and thanks for the question, it differs from one hero to another but in general we have very good response rate and willingness to use yes.no. Further, we have a nice amount of hero's that are active and answering question on a regular basis.
Yossi Hayut@deleted-449585 · CEO@ePart
great work!
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Assaf Levy
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@atlantis76 · Co-founder of yes.no & XLMedia PLC
Good day hunters - I'm Assaf, the CEO and co-founder of https://yes.no. Thanks for taking the time to check us out - Q&A is what I love, so I'll be available all day for any and all questions... We're super excited to be launching our crowd interviewing platform on Product Hunt after going live on web, Android and iOS! *Why?* Most of us have questions we'd love to be able to ask our heroes (and get answered), but there isn't always a simple way to do so. I myself had a question for a musical hero of mine, Samy Birnbach (Minimal Compact vocalist and lyricist), and I dedicated a lot of time and effort to get my answer. I realized that a lot of people have the same problem, that others would benefit if this interaction had been in the public realm, and that my hero enjoyed engaging in meaningful, respectful Q&A. And thus, https://yes.no was born. *Who are we?* We're an 8 person startup, having just launched our web version and gone live on both Google Play and the App Store in 11 languages (with 20 more to come!). We are currently working hard to recruit interesting experts and public figures, with some good results so far! Check out Nobel laureate Alvin E Roth. *Why are we different?* - We focus on the person, rather than the question. Sites like Quora help you find the best answer to your question, by sharing it with the community. On yes.no however, we want to connect you with a specific person that you have a question for. So you can ask your questions to a professor, or your favorite actor, or an entrepreneurship guru, and get authentic answers. - Time is no object. Many popular AMA services (like Reddit's) have been providing a platform for interesting people and their fans to connect through Q&A during one-off events, which don't provide an opportunity for continuous dialogue. On yes.no, users create profiles that they can come back to as and when they feel like it, just as they would on other social networking sites. *How can we improve?* We currently have a few thousand users, but we are constantly looking to provide a better experience and are still learning how to provide the best value for our users. What do you think we can do to improve https://yes.no? Always feel free to contact us directly: Assaf Levy, CEO: assaf@yes.no, Jonathan Doron, BizDev: jonathan@yes.no
Paul Curran@thepaulcurran · Artist/Techie
@atlantis76 @snoopdogg needs to do an AMA on yes.no. He'd be the king! Congrats on the launch!
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@thepaulcurran @atlantis76 @snoopdogg He is on my hitlist :) One day I will reach him and bring him to yes.no
Sam Doshi@samir_doshi · Co Founder @ Relayo.com
@atlantis76 How do you guys go about onboarding prominent figures? Are they receptive to this platform?
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@samir_doshi @atlantis76 Hey Sam and thanks for the question, it differs from one hero to another but in general we have very good response rate and willingness to use yes.no. Further, we have a nice amount of hero's that are active and answering question on a regular basis.
Yossi Hayut@deleted-449585 · CEO@ePart
great work!
Jack Smith
Hunter
@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
I did an AMA type thing with them here: https://yes.no/jack-smith Here's a video overview:
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@_jacksmith Thanks for participating Jack!
Adi Goldstein@adigold1 · Adi Goldstein-Composer & Music Producer
Thats perfect, Its seems the perfect combination btw Quora and Reddit ! Congrats guys, keep up the amazing work !
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@adigold1 Thanks for the nice words Adi :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
What are the chances someone would even reply to you? This is another platform for 'tech celebs' to get bombarded with questions? What would entice them to sign up? Why couldn't people just tweet them questions? Often people do reddit AMAs or even Product Hunt LIVE Chat's where people can ask them things (understand that this is a specified time-frame though). Is this platform a sort of ever-lasting, open AMA? People just use Quora for this type of thing, no?
Jack Smith
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@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@bentossell seems more collated/orderly than quora from my usage of it. as you say, this is ever-lasting. also, only certain people get invited to do reddit/product hunt amas. anyone can be asked questions via this
Assaf Levy
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@atlantis76 · Co-founder of yes.no & XLMedia PLC
@bentossell Hi Ben, thanks for your feedback and for your questions. Great points. So, we are emphasizing the importance of the upvote in our platform. This is a simple mechanism for identifying the most popular and trending questions, that eliminates duplicate and spam questions that some stars inevitably attract. We want to promote the idea that answerers can choose, let's say, the top three questions to answer each month, which will in turn increase the quality and value of the content. Other than this, we are not focusing solely on 'tech celebs'. Whilst this is where we have started (as it's near and dear to us), yes.no is a platform for connecting heroes from all industries and corners of the world with their respective audiences. A platform like ours is more suitable for this type of interaction, generating easily searchable and categorized content. AMAs and sites like Quora both have their value, but yes.no is distinct from the former in that it is not a one-time session, and the latter in that it focuses on the person being asked, rather than the question itself. Hope that answers your questions! Would welcome any more :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@_jacksmith I don;t use Quora so wasn't sure... yeah but I'm just not sure what motivates the person to answer the questions... Another platform to maintain
Yuval Maoz@yuvmaoz · Digital Markerer @ klear.com
@bentossell I've tried this platform for a while, and actually found some sincere answers on controversial topics (political issues). So, it's not just about techies and an overall nice platform to get direct (but short) answers without the usual fluff around it.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@atlantis76 Yeah I just used 'tech celebs' as an example as that is what I know. How many people have you approached to be answerers that have said no rather than yes? What do you pitch to them as the benefit of them maintaining this platform and answering questions?
Jack Sitt@jacksitt
@bentossell I had the same question in regards to tweets. However, the truth is that I do not get an answer over 90 percent of the time when I tweet someone famous.
Jack Smith
Hunter
@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@bentossell yeah. it's another platform to maintain. but the user-onboarding for me (to answer questions that people had left me) was awesome. there was like no signup process. they just dmed me a unique link and i instantly was able to start answering people's questions. very frictionless
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@bentossell @atlantis76 Hey Ben, thanks for the questions, my name is Jonathan and I am actually the one reaching out to interesting people and inviting them over to answer questions on yes.no, many of them have tried various AMA sessions and some also use Quora. I could tell you that a lot of interesting people I approached to try yes.no were very positive to try, I get about 40% respond rate and out of those more than 50% are very positive about having their audience ask them questions and upvote them, to surface the most interesting ones and basically make the celebs answering-time more efficient. Whenever they have 2-3 minutes to interact with their audience they can do so, rather than allocate a hour for a live session once in a year or half a year. Another aspect is that questions answered become a sort of a board of FAQ's and various other questions around a specific person. This way you answerers can direct people asking the same questions to this "board" in the future to benefit them the second time.
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@jacksitt @bentossell As part of my work here, I tried various times to reach out to celebs in Twitter, the higher scales of celebs like Justin Timberlake and so on are not so likely to tweet so I totally understand and agree with you Jack
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@jodoron OK so my concern here is that if you get 40% to respond and around 50% are positive... Lets assume thats 20% of the outreach that responded and are positive... how many of those actually take part? It's one thing saying 'yeah looks awesome' but another thing when committing time to it... Also if you (as part of the company) can only get around 20% to respond AND positive then what happens with hundreds of people ask questions to the same person?
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@bentossell I might have been not clear enough sorry, when I wrote positive i meant those 20% are on yes.no, they open a profile and start answering questions, thus, all positive people are joining in and becoming active users. I am talking about people who take questions and answer. To the second part of your question about hundreds of people asking, the way we manage scaling of questions by upvotes and moderation, the celeb can approve or disapprove the question for people to upvote it. A celeb can have a million questions asked, but post only 100 for upvoting and than finally chose to answer 5 of them during the 2-3 minutes he has to engage, but further on when other questions are upvoted again and he finds another few minutes to interact with the audience he than answers again, and repeats itself. If you meant to ask about what makes the 'regular' user interact or get value from our product, then a lot of people as content-consumers are intrigued by their influencers' opinions. In yes.no they are welcome to find this content and subscribe to it, and of course to discover other answers by interesting people.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@jodoron no I get the value users can get but I'm on about the people answering questions. You can they can have a million questions asked but they have to approve. So exactly the same situation as I mentioned, what happens when 100s of people ask them questions? They wont want to look through LOADS of questions? Yeah so for you as a company to get 20% of people you reach out to, on the site to answer questions. What are the odds of a user getting a question answered? What if you can't get enough of the right. high-profile people to answer questions on the site?
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@bentossell I see, so for the first part of your question: This would be the brightest day for us :) when users receive so many questions. We could live with celebs being blasted with messages as from their side they will begin answering those that are highly upvoted. Potentially, upvoted questions answered could also be the answer to many other questions that were asked thus, those questions would not need to be answered. We can't determine an exact number or % of probability to get answers, we look at it from a different perspective, we encourage our users to "push", share and distribute their so desired question to their friends and connections to increase the probability of the question being answered. We can say one thing for sure, this works. We wanted to build a scale able mechanism that will promise high probability of questions being answered rather than just temporarily satisfying our current users. Currently, we do not have a problem with reaching highly influential people to take answers and this is not what we promise, we don't say "Yes.no will get you answers from Bill Clinton or Eilon Musk" we're being totally transparent about it. The celebs that are onboard and taking questions are featured on the discovery section and also have the "V" mark for credibility to show they are who they say they are in their profile. In terms of scale, our assumption are that in the future, if we build it right, yes.no has the potential to grow organically and have interesting and influential celebs join in by themselves, so far our experiments in onboarding "smaller-scale-celebs" have yielded positive results.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@jodoron Yeah I understand the upvoting of questions but you said that the 'celebs' have to approve the questions to be upvoted in the first place? So that will still be a challenge if loads of questions are asked, no?
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@bentossell Well as we do most of the onboarding for new celebs mainly now(we are in the beginning of our way) I go through all the questions to see that they are respectful and intelligent and approve them. This would also be the extra-mile we will work towards, providing a good service for celebs filtering and moderating their questions so they would not have to handle it, all they'll have to do is answer when they can according to upvotes.
Rob Williger@robertwilliger · CEO of Cited, Inc. |Writer|Speaker
@_jacksmith @bentossell I think that is a key part. The fact that anyone can get involved and answer questions. It may not be for the tech celebs but maybe those who aren't as well known to be able to engage and maybe build a bit of their platform.
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@robertwilliger Thanks Rob, that's truly a value we can help provide with our product, there are many "smaller-scale" influencers gathering audience in yes.no
Uri Eliabayev@urieli17 · Foundr, AutoHash
Wow, They managed to get some of the best investors and enterpnuers in the world. Really amazing platform!
yonatan doron
Maker
@jodoron · BizDev @ https://yes.no
@urieli17 Thanks for the thoughts Uri!