Meaning and purpose in our work. Your experience?
In the upcoming week I will be launching a new version of a product on PH that I have been grinding away at for one-and-a-half year. I am super excited about the platform and where I am taking it but have had so much trouble getting it off the ground. I am turning to you guys and girls for feedback and support.
When I started working on my project - called Courseroot - Mid 2017 while on holiday, I just wanted to create a place that helps people in their search for online courses and tutorials. I have always been an avid online learner myself, and I wanted to smooth out the process of finding the best courses while so many new providers started popping up.
That is what I set out to create, and that is what I had built. And the platform was amazing (in my opinion); over 80.000 courses from the biggest course providers aggregated and ranked shown with their most important course characteristics, and the ability to filter through them based on those details. Neat and helpful.
#1 on Product Hunt for the day, over 1600 upvotes, and....
That was it. Ever since the initial launch it just did not get of the ground, I have been dragging it along, spending time on other projects, coming back to it and pushing it again, losing the hope and passion that drove me to work on it in the first place. I decided I had to sell it because I just couldn't get it to where it deserved.
After being one bank transfer away from a fully completed sale, which ended up falling through, I decided I had to take one more shot at it. And this is it.
I wanted to do more with it, if it was going to work or not, I wanted it to represent something more than just a simple search engine for online courses. Something I could get behind completely. I'd always hoped to get myself in a position where I can give back and do more than just making a neat product. Why not try it now already.
Courseroot is now going to be a way for us, those fortunate enough to have access to amazing educational resources, to distribute some of that opportunity to adults and kids that have been not as fortunate. By taking 50% of the profits Courseroot makes and donating them to amazing charitable causes such as Water.org, Save the Children, and others, I want to make Courseroot a place where your growth means their growth.
We earn commissions on referrals to the platforms we list courses from (prices are exactly the same) and have the opportunity to do something bigger with this. I hope that the platform will come to fruition this way and become something of real value: to those looking for education, and to those that can't.
I would absolutely love to hear your feedback and thoughts. On the idea, the website, anything, but especially on what your advice would be regarding steps I should take to get it out there. The platform can be found here: https://courseroot.com/
The goal is to launch the new version on Product Hunt again next week, hoping that it will catalyze something and get Courseroot where it needs to be. It would be amazing if you, only if you actually like what I am trying to do, would come show your support as well.
A massive, massive thanks for taking the time to read this and I am very much looking forward to your input.
I wish you all the best with your projects,