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Or, you built your web app, and you don’t know what next. Neither did we.

Or, we’ve built it, and they didn’t come :(

TL;DR

(123 words, under 1 minute read)


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Adventures in finding our first users

TL;DR

  • Betalist is awesome for a few days of high-conversion-traffic and require low investment on your part // They’re super-nice too.
  • Reddit and Hacker News are a terrific resource for traffic and feedback, and they are parallel, not alternative, to BetaList. Also, they have the potential of building a community and provide the kind of stage that allows you to convey your ideas in length and interact with your users before they are your users :)

So, you’ve finished your MVP

Now you need users. But you don’t know sh*t about marketing. …


How to get an MVP that is actually viable

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.

Paul Graham

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.


And why you shouldn’t build both

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Albus Dumbledore

The MVP concept — contradictions built in

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? …


Or, “It’s an elephant! no, it’s a bird, no! wait! it’s an elephant… with wings…? #@&%”

TL;DR

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.

The problem

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. …


You can’t half-ass security

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.

Doing security right takes a lot of work

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. …

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