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    baydesi

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      Getting a 404 on this page and root domain

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        Valuble talk. Thanks for posting!

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          The use of “complex” in this article roughly means “causing the user to work harder to do things in your product” (search, fill out forms, etc.). Not what I expected from reading only the title.

          This article is about making things easy for the user—specifically making forms valid by default rather than invalid by default, and tolerating a possible increase in incorrect data.

          Interesting read, although I think it’s easy to convince readers that “valid by default” generally leads to a smoother user experience, and consequently, I would have preferred a discussion on when or why tolerating incorrect data makes sense and a focus on techniques to reduce incorrect data.

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            I recently discovered https://www.heavybit.com/library/. So far I’ve watched Dearing on Pricing and Civilized Discourse… But How? (previous thread). I enjoyed both. This seems like it may be a good resource overall. If you’re aware of any other videos on here that are worth watching, please say which.

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              One piece of advice given to potential founders of startups is looking for pain points people have. Then, solve them. The high cost and inflexibility of electronic hardware plus non-hands-on education were obstacles to hobbyists. The author went from solving their own problem into bootstrapping a business solving others' problems on the cheap. Only got better from there.

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                The irony..An article advising against building an entire business which relies 100% on a third party.. and sponsored by pull reminders, which appears to be 100% relying on the slack API.

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                  Thanks for the feedback @alynpost. Can you please let me know which of the checklist items did you feel are not on-topic. It will help us make the checklist better.

                  BTW, We are a team of 4 folks.

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                    It’s not quite on-topic, but I noticed you use ‘we’ when talking about MailSwift. How many people are you? Are you interested in talking about your team at all?

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                      How would you define a business insight?

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                        This would be a stronger submission if you posted a blog entry rather the whole blog. It’s too much to take in all at once.

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                          dhruv,

                          Were any chapters or themes from this book personally helpful to you? One pain point in this area we’ve seen a lot of effort in solving, from the introduction:

                          My mentees and I repeatedly solve the same core issues together.

                          That idea is now firmly entrenched in the technical / operational stack of businesses. Particularly VC funded businesses. I’ve quipped that you can tell the age of a business by what backoffice software it uses.

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                            While it is a different customer acquisition channel, reading this reminded me of Joshua at afraid.org, a DNS hosting provider.

                            I had lunch with Joshua last year and remarked that having a free tier meant that your potential customers signed themselves up for your service. That is a well-trodden path, but a topic I find interesting is how that does and doesn’t work if you are trying to create a community out of your free tier.

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                              From these slides, the stages (phases) of a startup’s lifecycle:

                              • Search for Product/Market Fit
                              • Search for Repeatable & Scalable & Profitable Growth Model
                              • Scaling the Business

                              Years ago now I was speaking with a colleague who asked “What problems do you have that money can solve?” He was referring to the second stage here, which I have often thought about as having identified the place where if you put money in one end more money comes out the other end. Such that your business is now capital constrained because it can demonstrate that adding capital grows revenue.

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                                Our product is built with the principle of providing the ability to marketers to use advanced APIs like Amazon SES which are highly cost efficient and have good deliverability rates. Since AWS is highly focused on being an infrastructure, the likeliness of Amazon focusing on this niche is a bit less

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                                  This in an unusually meaty article. The math is clear–it reads like a case study though I presume the numbers to be fiction for the purpose of demonstrating the point[1]–but reading like a case study drew me in to it.

                                  One bit of received wisdom about hiring sales goes that your first sales hire is the ~largest early risk to a company. The article gives a reason why: “ in the early days, the founders are such experts in the product, its nuances, how to hack it, etc …”

                                  Though I think the phenomena is better described as: good salespeople won’t work for you.

                                  But you can buy good marketing.

                                  1: I don’t think it named names, unless the image inline in the article is doing so.

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                                    Goals
                                    
                                    Last month I didn't set up any goals as I knew I was going to travel.
                                    But let's set some easy-to-reach goals for next month:
                                    
                                    * Get +20,000 page views
                                    * Get +300 email subscribers
                                    * Sell one sponsorship
                                    * Launch a cool page or project
                                    

                                    This was an enjoyable read. Have you published any longer-than-one-month goals anywhere? It’s fascinating getting to look at your traffic statistics but I feel a little lost in the weeds. It’s one thing to watch metrics change month-over-month. It’s another thing to see them connected to planned outcomes.

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                                      For me, the following section of this article stands out:

                                      Launching a new product in a right way

                                      Before launching a new service, you, first of all, need to check the demand for it. Prepare a description of the service, draw illustrations and create, a promotional page. One approach is to only launch the product when the page gets 10 000 likes.

                                      That’s certainly a reasonable position. A related domain are question-oriented planning tools. Given how easy it is to engage in wishful thinking, bias, error, or even self-deception, asking and answering the right questions early can prevent wasting time on unproductive activity. An example series (from the Core Protocols):

                                      • Would you explain a specific example?
                                      • How does X go when it happens?
                                      • What is the one thing you want most from solving X?
                                      • What is the biggest problem you see regarding X now?
                                      • What is the most important thing you could do right now to help you with X?

                                      This series can be repeated until each part of an idea (MVP) can be operationally defined.

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                                        That was oalrus.com. Given our talk here about incentives I think the one-question QA is worth reporting here:

                                        <alynpost> maz_: I infer by the features you’re looking to add that you have some kind of paid voting / compensation for submitting content. What is it about that mechanism that, as your landing page states, creates content that is interesting and healthy?"

                                        <maz_> alynpost thanks. the general idea is that most modern networks are based on harvesting and monetizing attention. it often works by having people passively consume sensational content for an occasional dopamine hit. I think (and want to test) that by asking people to make deliberate choices about what is actually worth spending money on they choose better content.

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                                          Someone dropped by #lobsters with a similar plan, to start with the codebase that powers Lobsters and Barnacles, charge a fee per upvote to ensure people are thoughtful… and also pay contributors for the upvotes they receive. They were surprised to learn this makes them a money transmitter with an enormous amount of regulatory compliance because PayPal support had said it was OK. That guy’s going to write “Becoming a Felon Creating the Bitcoing-Rewarding Reddit”.