I know a lot of people here in this community like to "validate" their ideas by seeing what other Indie Hackers think of their ideas. I get it, it's easy and people here are generally positive, but before you start a product or service for early-stage founders like us, take a step back and consider this market:
And what little they do is aimed at making sales or building the early product. If your service doesn't do those two things really well, it's not a good fit.
Founders also tend to be (rightly so) very price sensitive. With large companies, you can leave plenty of room for margin because a middle manager has a budget that is independent from his mortgage. A founder is either giving up a piece of his company (equity to investors) or personal savings to buy your product.
Most startups should begin their market/sales validation by doing things that don't scale. Software tools tend to help with scaling problems, not validation problems. The possible exception here is simple, no-code tools, but that space is getting crowded and the tech bar is high.
The average lifetime of a new company is just 20 months. That includes the time before they found your product, so you won't get many long-term users if you are working with startups.
Finally, experienced startup founders know that technology can be a huge leverage point, but taking unnecessary risk is foolish. They should be building their own product not helping you get early feedback on yours.
What do you think? I look forward to hearing the other side of this debate.