Hey IH Family,
My name is Travis and I'm a through and through Indie Hacker. I work with one other person(my business partner) and we own a development company called Grillwork. We do contract work to keep the lights on, but in our down cycles or when the opportunity arises we build our own products! Our ultimate dream is to be able to afford our current life styles through our own products and steady MRR.
We're getting ready to launch our 2nd SaaS product as a team(the first was a huge failure last year). We learned a lot from that experience and could use some critiquing from like minded individuals. We've been hard at work on this project for about 2-3 weeks now off and on around client work and this is what we have so far.
Our toolset is mostly Elixir/Erlang/OTP and ReactJS these days, all though we do a bit of work still in Ruby on Rails.
The product is a programmable user to user chat platform. We want to give developers a way to offer communication and collaboration tools to their customers that give them a Slack/Discord like experience from within their own web application.
The idea came about as we had a client that needed user to user chat. We offered to build it at no cost to them, if we could turn it into a commercial application and they would become our first paying customer. They agreed and here we are!
We've got the app running in our clients application and we're now turning our focus to polishing the app itself with missing features we deem necessary to be a full featured MVP.
Here is a link to a local dev version of the landing page running. Please critique it!
Also the chat thread you see on the landing page is functional. We have not gotten to handling anonymous users so it's dummied up at the moment(One of those features).
In the future that chat will be private between the anonymous user and ourselves we just haven't gotten there yet(some time today probably!).
Please leave all the constructive criticism you want or feature ideas! If you think the app sucks let me know that too!
Update: I have taken the demo down for now thanks all for your thoughts and sharing.