It goes without saying: Getting early product feedback is an imperative for any successful startup and if you’re not doing this then I can say with confidence that you’re headed in the wrong direction.
But early product feedback can take many different forms and sometimes it means that we’re sitting down with an early alpha tester and watching them walk through an early version and sometimes it means having a simple chat about what their current frustrations are and the pain points that they feel in the environments in which they work.
As you may already know I’ve started and am now a few months in to a new creative project, a video project specifically designed to frustrate the living shit out of me.
No, I’m lying. It’s not the creative projects’ fault, of course; I just simply had no idea that it would be this challenging and that it would stretch and grow me in ways that I didn’t even know that was possible.
I was having a conversation with my brother a little while back and we were discussing the challenges around building companies and, of course, raising venture capital.
We’ve both had to walk through “the fire” a few times and we have both been burnt as well. Sadly, a lot of those things could have been avoided (I’ll just speak for myself) if I had been a bit more knowledgable on the subject.
This is a fantastic overview and breakdown of how Louis CK constructs a joke, from start to finish.
Take a look:
A little bit of context…
So, today, I dedicated the vast majority of my schedule to coach and mentor 10 folks via Out of Office Hours, a free mentoring service to help those who want to get into the tech industry.
I signed up because, well, I would have loved to have this type of service when I was younger (even though I was “in” the industry already):
As we build out our early-stage product (and find great folks to Alpha Test it) we’re naturally working on all of the things related to the back-end (e.g. data, modeling, etc.) as well as the front-end (e.g. design, UI/UX, etc.).
The exciting and yet challenging thing at this point is that we have a completely carte blanche environment and anything that we do initially isn’t inherently wrong or qualitatively bad.
I’ve been feeling this way for a bit of time and so I know it’s probably about time to do something about it. Historically I’ve just straight-up and quit (like here) but that’s probably not the best answer and it doesn’t feel quite right this time (I eventually came back… again…).
And, taking a break doesn’t feel good either – I’ve done that a few times as well. I think it just might be time to clean out the list of those that I follow and think through my “strategy” for that.
via America Magazine, Andrew Garfield:
“I have been drawn to stories that are attempting to turn suffering into beauty,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been gifted and cursed with a closeness to some grief…the grief of living….”
He paused as if gathering strength to say what he really meant, and then the source of the weariness I had sensed earlier was revealed: “…the grief of living in a time and a place where a life of joy and love is f–ing impossible.”
We’ve been iterating on every part of our small (but growing) project every week and this obviously includes many of our public and more forward-facing experiments as well.
And over the past few months our email newsletter has taken a number of different forms, starting with just an “announce only” newsletter for general and more infrequent updates and then morphing into a daily subscription that included a mega-list of tools, resources, and more.