If at first you don’t succeed, ask why

By Philipp / On

Last time I left you hanging how the launch of the job alerts service went down. Once the service was good to go, I whipped up a simple landing page with a mailchimp form to capture leads. Check it out here. With this in place, I posted the project on Hacker News and the copywriting subreddit.

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Do things that don’t scale

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I set up the basics and onboarded myself to get job offers for a hand full of categories to verify that everything was working. With that I now knew how much effort it is to bring customers onto the platform and how long each one would take. This is important, because I decided to have no web interface for the product. Users would need to be onboarded by myself. Changes to their preferences? Yep, also me.

“Wow, but that doesn’t scale at all man!”

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Just F’ing Launch

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These last two weeks have been a bit busy. I’m part of the Nugget community for a little over a month now. They decided to have a Just F’ing Launch event, to get people to overcome their inertia. And to make things interesting they offered $100 to the first person to make $100 of their own.

“Sounds fun. Did you take part in this?

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How about a Slack integration?

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A couple of weeks ago I pored over the essays Tyler Tringas wrote over at www.tylertringas.com about how to start a Micro-SaaS. One thing that struck me as an interesting approach was to piggy-back on growth platforms. Examples for growth platforms are GitHub, Slack, Wordpress and Shopify. Your goal is to use their large user base to get your product seen by as many people as possible. Those platforms usually have Plugin repositories or marketplaces where people can find you easily. Some even have a Featured section that could boost your sales dramatically, essentially at no extra cost to you.

“Hmm, I could totally whip up a Slack integration”

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A dead-stock fabric marketplace

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Before starting this blog I already dabbled around with a couple of business ideas. In the next couple of weeks I’ll write them up and share my learnings. This is number one. A few months ago I came across a video Justin Jackson posted on his youtube channel. It’s about validating your ideas quickly instead of losing sleep over them and possibly wasting valuable time building something nobody cares about.   At the same time I learned about Amy Hoy’s 30x500 program, that hones in on the point to not simply come up with business ideas in a vacuum, but to go out and listen to what problems your target market has. This way you build something people need. You also build an audience by telling them about you building this thing.

“Okay, where are you going with this?”

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The Micro-SaaS journey lies ahead

By Philipp / On

My name is Philipp. I recently decided to embark on a personal journey to build a Micro-SaaS side-project. In my day job I’m working as a Product Manager in a startup in Berlin, Germany. I got into this role fairly recently. Coming from an engineering manager role, I needed to catch up with product.

“Alright, why’d you change?”
Well, I wanted to move away from pure technology and people management towards working on something bigger. I wanted more impact on the product and to collaborate with all the departments in our company.
“You changed, and then what?”

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