Hi fellow IH,
Looking for some feedback/validation on my idea and hopefully some signups if anyone is interested. https://www.userpool.co/
Problem: I'm a product designer, I've worked at a number of startups and larger companies over the past 10 years. In my experience, the most important part of product development and the one that people don't do enough of, is actual user testing. I sometimes find more value in a 10 minute guerrilla test then weeks of persona work, ideation and planning. Until your idea and MVP is validated with actual people, you cannot say whether it offers value or not.
For startups and larger companies, this part of the process is difficult and often neglected due to the organisational overhead and cost. User recruitment is expensive and time-consuming. My idea is to create a shared database of people who want to participate in user testing and allow businesses to filter/segment this and contact them directly for a monthly fee. This will save a huge amount of money and cut down on the admin. Eventually, I can see the process being fairly automated with requests being sent out and responded to from within the platform.
I'm still at the stage of validating this concept and talking to UX researchers to find a market fit, I'm looking to sign up 4-5 startups (or individuals) initially to help develop the idea and see if it works. I have a small base of recruits vetted and am curious to see how we could progress this system together. I'm London based so this will only work with clients in this location to start with.
Let me know your thoughts good and bad and if you're interested, please get in touch!