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Always go for less competition first.
100% this, he is even pictured in the social network movie as going against ads, he was the cool guy in the new billionaires world, even got the napster guy to join, it was a new wave of millennial ceos
Ya but all that was after he had traction.
I did change to english but because I grew up always consuming that content. I only started in spanish because it was easier, once I felt mature enough I changed. But it really depends on the niche and your content.. if it's just for work, native can work. My case is videos about digital nomadism and that's better in english because is something "anyone" can appreciate
how many of you struggle with prioritizing your time if youโ€™re bootstrapping all-in on a startup build? when it comes to high-focus activities, are you OK so long as you are achieving results? iโ€™ll put more in thread so i am not spamming channel! ๐Ÿ™
in short, right now i think i have devised my MVP as this:
โ€ข you go to a website, you click a button that says, โ€œgive me a websiteโ€
โ€ข it takes you to a custom wordpress backend (that hopefully you canโ€™t tell is wordpress)
โ€ข you add your services on there with some custom fields like setting the price and tiers + features
โ€ข you add your about me page
โ€ข you add your logo and site basics
โ€ข you do a one-click integration with your google workspace and people can book time on your calendar
โ€ข this magically all gets displayed as a single page site
of course, i know many people would assume, โ€œoh i just use XYZ for that, iโ€™m good..โ€ but find there are still actually a lot of people using squarespace or equivalent who donโ€™t know how to take it to the next step.. and iโ€™d promise that if people get in with me iโ€™m gonna offer them coaching to go further with their business
and somehow, just knowing that MVP has caused me to go into the code hole for the last 2.5 months!!! iโ€™m not sweating on the finances and worst-case iโ€™ll go back and get another remote job.. i for sure want to use this time to build the most difficult things:
โ€ข service mesh gateway
โ€ข WordPress as IaaS / DNS as IaaS
โ€ข CICD for all of the above
and so i am feeling some cognitive dissonance because i am not actively marketing to this customer right now since i think this customer is 1) plentiful 2) not going to think far enough in advance to actively want to stay in touch 3) has plenty of options in the market 4) my MVP is not super sexy beyond what already exists for cheap with Wix
I struggle hard. I think I have undiagnosed ADHD.
Time prioritization should be getting to market, then marketing. I am not sure I fully understand the question. Everything else you seem to be struggling with seems unrelated and you are just questioning if you should do it at all.
Only way you know if there is demand for something is to get it out, if there isn't demand you move on to the next thing.
Build your first bullet point (a landing page + the button). If people click it, collect their email address.

Buy some ads and measure conversion, if it converts, _then_ build bullet points 2-7.
And if it doesn't convert / no-one clicks it then you just saved yourself 2.5 months of development time
Ok, I feel like both rsfqiirqmeecwctgr and gawang misunderstood the U03DKFF4T8X's question. I feel that way, because I can relate very closely to what he's saying.

My read on it is that this is basically a procrastination via less impactful, but more comfortable actions.
It's like cleaning your entire home, when you have an assignment due.
Developers struggle with this the most. Because talking to customers is painful. It's more comfortable to tinker and build more things.
I recall one trick is to always have something even higher priority, so that you can "procrastinate" by coding your startup ๐Ÿ˜‚
haha
But he's _already_ doing that.
He should be "getting out of the building" and talking to customers.
gecmc I sense that is the YC wisdom to build just bullet point 1, but same time I need this infra to do every other startup idea I have.. :) and I need focus to build it and early customers create noise :)

(Still reading the thread)
I have stopped talking to customers since my patent attorneys pulled me in around April 10.. now my dad has been out last week.. so about 4 weeks just cooked
I'll weigh in from my perspective as a business and life deep Coach in case it's helpful to you. I have this conversation with business clients a LOT (you're not alone).
Sometimes we get stuck in the situation - โ€œhow do I fix this problem?โ€ โ€œWhat do I need to do?โ€ โ€œHow can I be more efficient with my time?โ€
Those are great tactical questions and they need to be asked. But often they're the wrong question to begin with. I have the sense this could be the case for you.
Einstein said โ€œwe can't solve problems by using the same thinking we used to create them.โ€

With clients who want help with time management it's usually much more impactful not to jump into the situation. Instead, explore who you want to be in relationship to the situation. (Stick with me I know this can feel too far from the problem). What's the big picture? Where are you going and why? Who do you need to be to get there? What does it feel like to embody that way of being?
Those questions help to pull you up out of the weeds. To see a bigger picture from a perspective you simply don't have access to when you're in the weeds of the situation (or in the code :). If you can step into, explore and embody this other way of being you'll have clearer access to what's in your way and what is the next right action.
So usually that's where I take a client who wants time management tactics. And once weโ€™ve made that shift to a higher perspective, things become more clear about right action and you can make a plan.
You can do that yourself or talk it through with a friend or coach. It's really just about coming out of the situation to find a higher perspective from a whole different mindset. The things in your way are different from the things in other peopleโ€™s way so you're the best person to solve your problems.

Not sure if that speaks directly to what you're struggling with but hope it's helpful. Happy to share more if it would serve you. Good luck! Stick with it. Stay curious.
thanks!
iโ€™ve done my line of work for more than a decade, so i know the things we always build over-and-over.. i was invited to be CTO for a dude running an automated SaaS so i know what my items are to build regardless of what customers want.. iโ€™m sorta confident, but today for instance i am stuck migrating Vue.js v2 to v3.. and just writing tests where there were none before ๐Ÿ™‚ .. and that can be typical! i am blocking myself from working on marketing copy (which precedes video) further because i am close to bringing Vue.js into my static GitHub pages and my actual website back online.. and stuff like this happens often whereas my friends just want me to shoot marketing videos and collect emails for funnels that would result in the same lag time / down time of me going about building..

however, i love the advice and did not reconnect until only recently how deeply important self-work is..! you have to be the success you want to see, as ya say!!!
in the words of YC head, โ€œif there was anyone that knew and had a guidebook for this then there wouldnโ€™t be billionaire sized winnersโ€ or something along these lines..

so many stories of offshoring a build and then dealing with tech debt, or unknown unknowns.. or building and alienating a customer base with down time..

i figure, if we get it so wrong at the enterprise level and at the series A startup funding level.. might as well just stick to what i know works ๐Ÿ™‚
in the words of the SaaS CEO, he sunk about $700k in year 1 with zero revenue
and for self-development, yeah that stuff is all super rad!! ๐Ÿ˜‡
This will sound super basic but is the issue you are just making excuses to avoid facing failure? Doing migrations before you even release just sounds like that.
A lot of people prefer to be successful in their heads than finish something and have to face failure.
considering i was initially marketing my brand as a cult, i am deliberately setting my expectations low ๐Ÿ™‚
you point out a valid theory i am saying ๐Ÿ™‚
but i think itโ€™s a balance between maybe being in our heads about what will fail / unwillingness to be a charismatic leader convincing people orange juice is liquid gold worth $10 a drop / the thing is just going to fail ๐Ÿ˜‚
is that fair? ๐Ÿ˜‚ i am not ready to be a cult leader just yet, but soon ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿง˜ โ›ช๏ธ
Vue 2.x to 3.x doesnโ€™t seem like a huge jump so far, and i just need to write tests so i am working off of a tested product vs. prototyping.. if the prototype was going to get me customers it would have already? maybe i am totally wrong!
I gave talks before because before I had any success I burned through 10 failures, people would ask what drove me and it was simple, I want to be an owner and not an employee.

I have met so many though, I would say the vast vast majority who can never execute but are already billionaires in their head.
swxmvhixmhgxgmgew oh no, my world view is much more nihilistically fight-club / i am a cockroach / my only goal is to live in a van down by the river
You're ok pooping the forest?
sebyjrmbllufsuhgg and i have failed before and landed at google and it was more humiliating than glorious, so those wounds i remember ๐Ÿ˜‡
well for tax purposes if you put a pooper in your van your van is now a home
Landing at Google was humiliating?
dude.. i was a TVC working for a Ukranian firm in 2016
meaning, only USA guy working for offshore firm at Google.. after failing a data mining startup.. at a time when Google was basically 50% TVC and literally faced a controversy over treating us like 2nd class citizens
contractor
temp / vendor / contractor
Ohhhhh I see
Was your data mining startup funded?
no.. but i still have all my tricks up my sleeve! ๐Ÿ˜‡
How long did you work on it for?
The data mining startup
Oh man, could chat offline it was 2014 when people were using PhantomJS which was jank.. the lesson learned is you wanna sell your least cost product in market and you need great infra to run data mining at scale.. hence all my talk about testing
But I put more time into it after Google and reflecting the correct way to build.. you also got clear legal risk in data mining so Iโ€™ve taken the law classes for it at this point
I protect some of those secrets though lol.. you donโ€™t wanna publicize grey area stuff or run a company on it.. weโ€™re all flowers and bubble gum over here these days!
How many years did you put into it start to failure?
I knew it was a viable option in late 2011.. straddled it and component dev in 5 so maybe 2 years
Only customer was humane society so literally we helped puppies ๐Ÿถ
That's not bad at all.
I learned a ton about engineering for sure
Jumped from mid level roles to senior likewise
If it make you feel better. Mine were 1.5 years, 2.5 years, and 3.5 years.
Ya, you donโ€™t forget a failure!
And the $30k debt ๐Ÿ’ธ
Though during the 3.5 one I moonlit the thing that survived.
Ya I am a cockroach in a van down by the river ๐Ÿ˜‚
My biggest cost was lost income. I would of made so much more just having a job.
Sure, but you learn a ton doing a startup!
And like the company I was invited to CTO you could make $10k DRR doing not much
Ya primarily that old rich white dudes shouldn't be trusted because they got successful outside tech.
Wait what? ๐Ÿ˜‚
Letโ€™s take this offline if you wanna banter and keep this thread about idiot founders like me overthinking and armchair advice from either those with sage wisdom who know or those who are just observing and have ideas ๐Ÿ˜‡
Two of the startups I did were funded by dudes who got successful outside tech.
I have only heard stories about Malibu bros and Dallas oil mansions
Have a microproject idea to customize an aspect of an opensource project, it's BSD-3 licensed so should be fine, only question I have is there's a non-project that own's the open source projects name via trademark. So I'd be able to make a website to customize the project but not be able to use the project name at all given the trademark?
Question that helped me the most (I'm a dev) is whether I wanted to build a product or a business. Without initially realizing it, I almost always wanted to build a product. I delayed talking to customers and figuring out financials of the business. Instead, I was coding like there was no tomorrow. At some point I had to start doing everything else that wasn't development. It was painful, I didn't enjoy it, I didn't get immediate results, and I gave it up. This cycle happened a couple of times.

Many years later I realized that I actually wanted a product, not a business, i.e. there would be no business for me if the product wasn't immediately successful. If I was building something for personal use - that would be fine, but if my goal was to start generating income, then I should have focused on building a business rather than building a product I fell in love with.

Back to you. If I understood you correctly, you're convinced there's a customer for your non-existent product even though you haven't sold it yet. So it sounds to me like you're in love with your product and you don't want a business without it. Your business will most likely fail because you don't give it time and energy, simple as that.

"No Stan, you're wrong, I want a business"

Great, start building one. Businesses need to create value for customers (in most cases such value also generates revenue). You mentioned existing tools are as good as your MVP, but people need coaching - great, offer them coaching first. Figure out the easiest way of solving their problems, the shortest path to revenue. You might come to a conclusion that building a product is actually the hardest way of solving their problems (or maybe not). If you find a way to integrate your product into a business - great, but I wouldn't recommend doing it the other way around, i.e. integrating your business into a product because you'll end up with a product, not a business.

Btw, you don't have to abandon building your product, you probably enjoy doing it anyway. But you need to realize it's a hobby until you have customers. Hobbies are great, they make us happy. But if you want a business, you should probably spend more time on the business rather than a hobby.
Correct. Plus I'd imagine BSD-3 would also have a clause forbidding that anyway.

To be clear, you can mention the project it's based on. You just can't name the new project after the original.
Love it thanks owywazlm !!!
jyrmtpjd iโ€™ve been learning about marketing.. one thing i did was i legit joined ~20 slacks and discord.. to be fair to the problem of marketing, i asked in the coding channel (here) if i could โ€œbuildInPublicโ€ and the first responder said, โ€œsounds like spam,โ€ (!) (the world is filled with good people, the internet seems to inspire food fights ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) but i know i have a list of like 6 videos i want to build for each brand (i have 2) to build a basic social following with.. i have some content pages i am building likewise to create value for customers..

so iโ€™ve been learning! and itโ€™s caused me to dissect and bisect the usual marketing processes.. now youโ€™re inspiring me that, โ€œgo talk to customers,โ€ is actually split up into steps:
โ€ข talk to people in your marketing channel
โ€ข create content in your marketing channel
โ€ข figure out who could be customers
โ€ข build better content for the would-beโ€™s
โ€ข try to find more like them
โ€ข build a funnel to capture their info
โ€ข repeat
so, in one sentence, โ€œtalk to customersโ€ is preceded by, โ€œtalk to peopleโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ which will resonate for any computer programmer (:exclamation:) but really it is designed to talk to people in a way where you can scale.. like if youโ€™re talking to people through your own insta page because you have a following, you could start with hiring a model who purely just shows butt photos in yoga pants and we all know those 20k followers may not be customers, but then you work to widdle down the 60 customers from the 20k (using extreme examples here)

this approach is far more significant than networking with a local startup community face to face which is a process that cannot repeat or scale
and in this way, coder brain is doing marketing with coder brain ๐Ÿ˜‚ because we have to fulfill rationality.. i had invitations to speak at our local startup events and i declined because itโ€™s hugely inefficient to drive 30m-1h to give a talk you prep for 2-3h for an audience of like 10 people who often times arenโ€™t customers and might even steal your ideas when you can pay FB to get in front of 1,000 people for $5
I think you're doing (and talking) way too much which is a ๐Ÿšฉ red flag. The 2 or 3 posters here are right. Set up a landing page and see if anyone pays first. You're way too deep in for not having paying customers yet. Correct me if I'm wrong and you do have paying customers!
The only thing a business is, is customers who pay and you solving their problem and finding those customers. It's really hard but it doesn't have to be complex, at all!
If you look at his earlier interviews he seemed like a typical hacker kid.

That's before he got the robot chip implanted.
I assure you under this cold robotic surface is a warm beating heart...... but I am working on that. - grandma's boy
Hello,

My name is Mari, im looking for a project to join. Had been working for my project for 3 years, went through incubation and acceleration program for startups, have MBA in management and 10 years of corporate finances experience. Can help to accelerate your project. Please write if you have an open position or you simply need an advice. Cheersblush
Looks impressive, can you please DM me with your CV ?
thanks iwmqixvznt a slap to the head sometimes is what is needed! i blame this on too much time behind the code editor (which would make anyone crazy) :zany_face:

cured by some backpacking / hiking / outdoor time
Iโ€™ve started using Canny io and definitely like it! Has a great free tier and while the release notes/changelog feature set isnโ€™t that robust, it more than makes up for it in functionality around feature requests & roadmaps
Yes to this! Have only ever had 2 โ€œnegativeโ€ reviews but jumped on them so quickly and people love it.
Iโ€™ve been contemplating bringing on a marketing partner to my brand
iybrgyolgoukpw Thanks for confirming my understanding!
For those that have incorporated C-Corps in Delaware. How many shares do you think is better to issue? 10.000.000 (standard) or less than 5.000 to start (considered โ€˜minimum stockโ€™ and pay minimum Delaware Franchise Tax each year)?
As few as possible. Don't waste the money on taxes.
If you plan to raise VC money go with 10M
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I have a one-man c-corp and issued 10m, it didnโ€™t cause any issues, and is the standard for a reason โ€“ If I raise in the future itโ€™s one less thing to deal with.
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