I use cloudinary just because it makes responsive images so much easier… but I can’t say the ability to scale to millions of images daily would be important to me. Mainly what’s important is that it’s able to do what I want without me ever having to set up imagemagick.
I really liked the non-nonsense approach to building a two-sided marketplace here, as seen from the supplier’s POV: bribe everyone
Great illustrations :).
Thanks, I will pass it to the artist!
Now, I’m not saying that everyone has the potential to earn billions of dollars. But every single successful person I know has the same approach as Ford. They’ve worked for free, interned, worked in minimum wage service jobs, cleaned floors, and cold called.
I know a lot more unsuccessful people who’ve done (and are doing) this. This whole “let yourself be exploited and one day you’ll catch a break” cargo cult really irks me… works great if you’re an employer though.
Wow this is a really interesting perspective - a lot of us (at least me) love to drink the bootstrapping kool-aid and not really consider that there might be a reason the VC-funded startups are obsessed with growth beyond greed. It’s very Game of Thrones - you play or you die. I like that he called out 37Signals specifically too, given that they’re the most militant about not growing.
This quote really makes the article:
… when I finally had something to show off, my business partner opened the local newspaper, picked a bunch of local plumbers, and called them in an attempt to sell the idea.
He called 10 plumbers. 5 of them suggested he place the idea in an anatomically implausible location. 4 of them had their secretary provide the same advice.
I’m amused at how he did everything wrong according to conventional bootstrap wisdom - rushed straight into developing, didn’t do any interviews or create a landing page first, never did direct sales, but succeeded just fine. There’s something to be said for the power of an audience - if you’ve got 40k twitter followers who cares about marketing :p.
Looks like this is his third product, and having an audience of 40k potential users is a great head start. But yeah, not a lot of audience research or anything to see if people wanted it, just “I think I’d want it”, which sometimes works wonderfully and sometimes is a dud. Kudos to him.
Man I’m torn - half the people in the world will tell you to do this, the other half will tell you the focus on getting your first MVP out before you start worrying about content marketing :(.
The HIDIOT is like a baby arduino you build yourself. It comes in a credit card sized form factor and is programmable via the Arduino IDE. We launched the Kickstarter earlier this year, and iterated through a bunch of prototypes before finally getting to 1.0.
There were a load of bumps along the way. As it’s pitched entirely at beginners, we needed to make some design choices that could affect expandability for people who don’t know how to deal with it, there were problems with part supplies and we had some last minute drama with our PCB fab not delivering on time (and not telling us that delivery wasn’t going to happen when they’d promised), but we managed to sort it out and ship in June like we’d said we would.
We’re hoping to open up a shopify store next week and start taking orders for the finished product. July’s goals are to go from Kickstarter shipping to a business as usual process with an actual product.
Some of our backer pledge levels include HIDIOT workshops. We’re going to schedule those once we’ve made sure that enough people have received workshops
I think that’s supposed to read “have received HIDIOTs” ?
My goal for NicheTester was to get an end-to-end MVP going, even if it wasn’t quite polished enough to release. I made really really good progress in the first few weeks, but then end of financial year in Australia at work, a week-long holiday in Vanuatu and participating in Random Hacks of Kindness sucked basically all the time I had away.
These are pretty first-world productivity problems though - Vanuatu is lovely and RHoK went great - my team’s project to create online child development testing is about to go into pilot in Australia and soon Dubai and maybe Indonesia, and a bunch of other teams are continuing to work on their projects.
So my goal for June is now gonna be my goal for July - MVP. I’ve still got quite a bit of RHoK stuff to do, but hopefully I’ll be able to get some more spare time and finish it off.
I’m caught between loving and hating this guy, but nearly every guide to building a landing page is full of wishy-washing self-contradicting nonsense, whereas this one’s to-the-point and opinionated, right down to telling you where to put elements on the page.
Nice job - is there a business plan to go with this though? Are you going to monetise it somehow?
Not really :) This was mean’t more of a “lets build this to see if we like working together” before we do something bigger."
We’re kinda scrambling to see if we can turn it into something with a bigger plan, or just ride the wave out.
It’s cool it worked for them, but surely cheesy crap like this has got to succumb to the law of shitty click-throughs almost as soon as it starts right?
Yeah. It’s a clever technique, but I wouldn’t expect it to last too long or produce very high-quality prospects. There isn’t even any step enforcing that users leave a comment, and they’ll catch on in the next few months in much the same way it took a few months for almost all of Facebook to tire of viral game loops. (Even setting aside that LinkedIn should ban the practice.)
The users are folks who were interested in a single lead magnet and open to viral nonsense, so they’re not well-qualified as being interested in the topic. I’d want to immediately put them into a sequence to ratchet up their engagement. Perhaps a webinar, or more likely right into a <$10 product. Make the pipeline strict and unsubscribe them if they don’t progress through the funnel so you’re not paying your mail host for near-worthless subscribers.
Onboarded a client while properly taking notes along the way, which means a lot of internal process improvements that’ll improve future engagements. I have an ever-expanding textfile named playbook.md in which I take notes on each step of the process (qualifying, pitching, closing, onboarding, delivery, offboarding). I track both what I need to do (don’t forget to ask for edit access to Google Analytics because it saves so much tedious back-and-forth), how to do it (pasted in the email for it, and for explaining all the setup if they’re too paranoid to grant it), my next steps, etc. Not only does it make my work easier but it opens the door for me to write up a book/course on my methods or contract out parts of the work.
(Also, Alex, in the future please put your update in a comment so we can reply to it clearly.)
You’re probably already aware of this, but on the slim chance you aren’t: org-mode is awesome for the task your playbook.md has. I use it nearly religiously.
I’m aware of it, but I chose vim over emacs 20 years ago and haven’t gotten around to checking it out. I might play with spacemacs sometime, though.
Ha, a common problem. I try to sell it as “It’s not emacs, org-mode is its own program that happens to have emacs keybindings” :)
Alex, in the future please put your update in a comment so we can reply to it clearly
😬 Good point, will do.
Disclaimer: IANAL Or An Accountant. Also I have no idea about Germany or Singapore, buuuut…
In general you should be able to take payments through Paypal or Stripe without a company or a merchant account. The way that VAT (GST) works in Australia is that there’s a threshold of $75k below which you don’t have to collect any, but you’ll have to check your own laws.
Not properly registering a business is until you know you’ve got something viable is pretty normal in general - the guy behind Sidekiq didn’t do it until he was earning more than a full time wage off. The problem is that it’s usually pretty tax inefficient.
We launched a barebones website (https://www.nullhardware.com), started reaching out to our target demographic, and are in negotiations to provide technical assistance to a local student makerspace. This month I’m focused on more outreach - I want to really nail down what problems people getting started with electronics have, so that we can put together some of the best resources possible to help them.
Awesome stuff! We’re shipping a self-build ATTiny85 dev board this month with a bunch of starter tutorials, if you’re interested in seeing if we can do anything together, my email address is in my profile.
 - https://hidiot.com/
Congrats on shipping! :D
Gonna start working with the client I mentioned last time around.
Still looking for more work apart from that. Not sure where to find it.
So far my strategy has been to let several people in my communities know that I’m looking, and then see what comes back.
I really liked this podcast for that: https://www.indiehackers.com/podcast/014-brennan-dunn-of-double-your-freelancing. All about how to apply the marketing you might learn for startups to your own consulting and build a pipeline.
Maybe “product design” so it doesn’t get confused with pure UX.
EDIT: Then again there’s already a “product” tag 🤔
Note, I proposed it because we have tags for all another sub-phases, like “programming” (engineering), “management”, “marketing”, “sales” and the description of “product” tag is “Products”… My suggestion is for generalist “design” tag, for all related design processes of product development process (ux design or product design included). In other hand “product” tag seems a better fit for links/discuss about product characteristics (“meta”) or specific product like: https://stackingthebricks.com/8-perfect-products-for-designers/ or https://barnacl.es/s/qxrlem/baremetrics_adds_support_for_braintree .
“design”: “Design (product, ux)”
This tag applies to probably everything about planning a business, and right now traffic is low enough I don’t see a lot of potential for any tag changes to be very useful.
Ok, thanks for the feedback.