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Adventures in finding our first users
Now you need users. But you don’t know sh*t about marketing. …
The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It’s to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself.
We built dumpstr out of necessity. We needed knowledge management for our team and we needed it to be straight-forward and hassle-free. There’s much going for why you should build a product that solves an actual problem you and your team have. We like to sum it up as follows — When you build something you need, you build something for all people who are like you. …
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Albus Dumbledore
If someone would plot a statistic of the words most spoken by early stage startups, I’m betting MVP would be high up in the list.
“The Minimum Viable Product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.” — Eric Ries
Or, in other words, the smallest thing you can make in order to test your product market fit. Simple, right? …
dumpstr is feed for thoughts
We’ve built dumpstr to accommodate those in-between bits of your knowledge — thoughts, ideas, decisions, brain dumps, info-pieces, tiny-documents, side-notes, or in short: TIDBITS.
dumpstr doesn’t encourage organizing, just write without thinking about tagging or “foldering”, save, and use a clever search engine later.
I use Simplenote, Gmail, Keep, Drive, Dropbox, to do lists (and even tried to use Evernote, several times). It’s a good common setup that works for most tasks. But while working and collaborating on numerous projects, I felt that important knowledge gets lost and does not quite fit into my setup…
Build half a product, not a half-ass product — 37signals — Getting Real
With an app that deals with any kind of user data, not securing the data is a half-assed way of building the product.
Dumpstr is about saving your thoughts, and that’s about the only thing it does. We knew we had to secure these in a way that’s uncompromising.
Building a web app is enough work without dealing with security.
OAuth, tokens, cookies, storing passwords, sign up flow, sign in flow, password reminder emails. All ample subjects to tackle. …