In this second installment of OPP, I’m looking at a product that blew up out of nowhere about 2 weeks ago on product hunt (selfless self plug warning – actually on my birthday). Yes, that’s right, I’m looking at you fman!
I had a short exchange with the developer/genius behind fman, Michael Herrmann, about where it came from, where he feels it is going, and why he has closed off access to the product on an invite-only basis. Continue reading “fman.io – File Management Just Got Sexy”
One of my favorite ways to truly validate an idea is at a bar… on strangers.
I “discovered” this a few years ago when I was still new to NYC, and since then have used this amazing technique half a dozen times. Continue reading “Validating Your Ideas on Strangers”
Since my accidental blog post two months ago, I have been approached by quite a few individuals wanting either product validation or just a few tips on how to better transition their side-project into a full-fledged product offering. This has led to me trying out dozens of SaaS offerings and seeing so many great ideas, that I decided I will start blogging about the ones that I feel are the most likely to succeed, or just plain cool. This will be the first kickoff in an irregular series of posts about my favorites. Continue reading “I’m Down with OPP (Other People’s Projects) – Metric Board”
A few people have asked me to discuss my product launches, and I have been hesitant to do it in a public light. Not because they aren’t good launches, but because most of my life was spent in industries I didn’t like, but was just really good at. In this post, I will talk about my first side project launch and my first product launch for a paying job, both couldn’t be more different in expectations or outcome. Continue reading “My First Product Launches”
This is a requested follow-up from my previous post about monetizing your side project.
Your first customer is never as hard as you think. Every first customer I ever received astounded me, because I didn’t even know they needed the product and I knew the person intimately.
From my childhood lemonade stand to the backlink building software I built at HKSEO, my first customer was always someone I knew personally. This was always a boost to my self-esteem, but I don’t have enough friends, family or colleagues to support me through buying the various products I have, so I had to find strangers!
In this post I will tell you how I found strangers to give me money. Continue reading “Tips for Getting Strangers to Give You Money for Your Projects”
Everyone is capable of an idea worth a million dollars/pounds/euros/yen(?). It will most assuredly never be their first idea, and might not be within their first 1000 ideas. But if you don’t track your ideas, you will never remember or be able to capitalize on them.
Your idea doesn’t have to be original, it doesn’t have to be mind-blowing. It just needs to be an idea you are passionate enough about to see it through to its end. Be that making millions or burying it in a shallow grave along New Jersey side of the Hudson. Continue reading “One Million $1M Ideas”
I was recently commenting on an excellent Show HN for a product called Duet and it was the most karma I have ever received on Hacker News (17 votes in 4 hours), and another respondent said I should write it up as a blog post. So here it is.
This advice can be extrapolated, but it is primarily focused on Duet. Continue reading “Tricks to Monetize your Side Projects”