Day #28 | Simplicity is perfection

I remember once reading that perfection is not when there is nothing to add, but when there is nothing to be removed.

While brainstorming about my new product, I had fell in the trap of adding features in my head of what the product would do.

But then, I realized I am assuming too many things. What would I like to see? Some big ass product that needs a ton of setting up to do? Or a simple product where setup takes about 10 seconds and I already know EXACTLY what I'm going to get out of it.

Instead of trying to look like a big and constipated company, keep it fucking simple and make it obvious what your product does.

So, I went back to the drawing board.

My product is a tool that uses GitHub API, StackShare API, Twitter API, etc to find developers that are most likely interested in your product. It checks if they code in the language you specified, if they are part of an organization, if they have forked open source alternatives to your product etc.

The product MVP went from:
1. Sign up
2. Connect GitHub
3. Connect Twitter
4. Connect StackShare
5. Enter query
6. Wait for the results to come back
7. Export the list

to:

1. Enter your email
2. Enter your query

Now you will find hot leads every Monday morning in your inbox.

The best thing about this? I don't have to code anything! If someone subscribes, I will just do it manually until I build the product!

The bad thing about this? I have to charge from day 1, and although I have been successful doing this in the past, I like the idea of having a bunch of free tier guys and girls to get feedback from.

What do you think?

Right now I'm building the MVP, it's built on Carrd. I just subscribed for like $19/yr, less than $2/mo. And it's a fantastic product. You can link Stripe, and a Typeform, which is all I need! MVP will be ready tonight!

@alexwestco