After about 7 months of only one paying user and very few sign-ups it's time to evaluate the next step and possibly move on.
I created https://usetrove.io to scratch my own itch for scraping websites with a solution that can quickly scale to millions of requests. I still believe the product is useful as I've used it extensively and others in the space have shown growth, but I've seen the market become heavily saturated with many offerings.
What I've tried and still hasn't worked:
Things that don't scale also don't work in many cases. Maybe it's my timing, maybe it's the market, maybe it's the product - none of that matters now because I feel like my time and skills could be used shipping other products. People were signing up and leaving. Asking for their input led to empty inboxes and no replies. I did learn how to move fast and ship often, but I still need to learn more when it comes to marketing and early stage growth.
For now, this is going on the back-burner and I'm gonna focus my skills elsewhere with some products that could have different outcomes. The journey isn't over - it's just begun and I'll keep shipping until I hit that growth curve I see so often.
Till next time!