April 22, 2019

Monday Edition: Daily Stand Up!

Why?

That extra nudge of accountability to achieve even a small step on your IH journey each day.

To join in:

01 Share your epic (a big chunk of work with a meaty objective) you'd like to complete by the end of April.

02 Share what you accomplished yesterday.

03 Share what you commit to accomplishing today.

04 Comment on at least one fellow hacker's progress and give them an IH Point for their check in.

Optional:

05 Share your Work In Progress to underscore your accomplishments.

Then tune in the tomorrow to share how you did on your own tasks!

#daily-stand-up

  1. 3

    End of April

    15 customers (current progress -- 13)

    Yesterday

    prepped a bunch for our YC interview

    didn't do much else besides Easter shenanigans

    Today

    had a mock interview for YC

    flying to California

    hopefully lots of sleep?

    last minute emails begging people to use our platform 馃槀

    Tomorrow

    YC interview in the afternoon. AKH.

    Kudos to @jpusateri for planning out next steps! So important to stay focused, and I wish I were better at it.

    WIP Sunshower.io

    1. 2

      Kick butt and take names @sunshowerlisa You got this!

    2. 2

      Good luck tomorrow!!

  2. 2

    EPIC

    1. 2019

      • $50K annual revenue
    2. April

      • Get a remote sales job. interviews: 3

      • Do 10 customer interviews. 3/3/40 - interview/accept/ask

    WEEKEND

    • Schedule my next customer interviews.

    • Follow up & reply to emails and messages.

    • Finish the strength part of SWOT analysis. yeah, I was hung up on that part

    • Transcribe March/April customer interviews.

    TODAY

    1. Schedule 2 sales job interviews for tomorrow.

    2. Apply to sales jobs.

    3. Edit/personalize/email customer interview questions to the next founder.

    4. Do weakness part of SWOT analysis.

    WIP Mindful

    side note

    So I heard a great quote today from Whitney Wolfe of Bumble on How I Built This podcast. "You can't kill ambition. You can kill confidence. You can't kill drive." This is so true. I felt my confidence was dead on sight, but by doing this swot challenge it is definitely resuscitating it.

  3. 2

    IRT PullManager.com

    EPIC

    By End of April:

    Full Public Release

    By End of 2019:

    Have this product still going and growing. Some may see that as too vague, but as someone with a few failed SaaS, this would be quite the improvement.

    YESTERDAY (weekend)

    Family stuff, personal stuff...a little bit of polish on the user invite system to get it out the door, and just published my approved Slack App, https://pull-manager.slack.com/apps/AGMKPUQ3F-pull-manager?

    TODAY

    Remove beta phrasing around the landing page/site.

    Kudos: All y'all shipping and hacking

  4. 2

    April Epic: Ready for beta customers by May

    Yesterday: Completed pitch deck (for internal clarity, not fundraising). Finalized who our ideal customer is. Assembled a fricking 15 foot trampoline, had a little bounce.

    Today: Onboard our marketing / community person. Create development plan to get from now to launch. Create financial models for resource planning.

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    • April Epic - Create a Landing Page

    • Yesterday - Outlined value proposition/sales copy

    • Today - Outline Landing Page contents

    • Kudos - @Davey for knowing your customer

  6. 2

    2019 Goals for Magnus Rush

    • 50 Interactive Podcasts Created by Podcast hosts: (5/50) 10%

    • 12k MAU for the App: (51/12k)

    April Epics

    (Stats from Clubhouse.io)

    Milestone: Launch: 95% Complete

    • [Epic] Launch Marketing: 80% Complete

    • [Epic] SaaS Launch: 100% Complete DONE!

    • [Epic] Mobile App Launch: 100% Complete DONE!

    THIS WEEKEND

    • Got together my notes for customer email call, pretty sure I know what to ask for

    • Time with family and a very cold pond

    TODAY

    • Day job plus sidework for client

    • Grab a podcast episode from the list and enhance it to show one of the SaaS users how to use the interactive features

    • Make a video with the above steps

    • Send video to the user

    KUDOS

    @sunshowerlisa for PREPPING!

    WIP of the Magnus Rush podcast app and Interactive Podcast platform

    Android App

    iOS App

    SaaS App, for podcasters, make your podcast interactive! Free account period closing soon!

  7. 2

    EPIC

    End of 2019

    5 Paying Customers for AutomatedApi (0/5 - it remains unlaunched)

    End of April

    Re-frame my consulting site around my new strategy

    Finish site template work to facilitate content marketing around dogfooding AutomatedApi

    YESTERDAY (plus a couple days :P)

    • 鉁 build 1 new template

    • 鉁 finalize latest round of project updates for a client

    • 鉁 work latest round of 50 action items into my calendar

    • 鉁 finish template that has languished for a few days at 90% complete

    TODAY

    • put up freely available versions of my templates in public to help other .net devs get shit done faster (includes building a simple home page for the shtuff)

    • write up blog post to accompany above

    • School stuff and day job junk...keeping my targets realistic today

    KUDOS:

    @rob_race for keeping it simple and plugging along. I dig your app, tight and focused...and speaking from experience, orphaned PRs are definitely a thing. Good luck growing that.

    WIP

    AutomatedApi.com

  8. 2

    EPIC

    By end of 2019:

    5K MR (3.64 of 5K.)

    By end of April:

    • Validate concept.

    First day of the experiment completed and it looks promising. Average Google Ad CTR for my industry is 2.69%. Jeanius is 19.32%. Average conversion rate for my industry is 2.81%. Jeanius is 36.81%.

    (Will update after 1 week.)

    WEEKEND

    • 鉁 Surfaced content to top level navigation - Jeans Outfits.

    • 鉁 Surfaced content to top level navigation - Jeans Hacks.

    • 鉁 Surfaced content to top level navigation - Jeans Reviews.

    • 鉁 Began quest for VA.

    TODAY

    Last week was a bit rugged on the day gig. So I've picked light and fluffy tasks for today.

    • Add commenting to posts.

    • Hire VA for influencer posts.

    • Marinate. @csallen dropped another round of wisdom bombs in Sunday retro.

    KUDOS: @pcattori for taking a look at Jeanius and throwing ideas at me for validation.

    WIP: Jeanius

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      Interesting on the VA front. Will be watching your updates about this!

  9. 1

    EPIC

    • By end of April: Complete iteration 1 contract

    (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JrwxuUSi-FlwVRp2cTc4fCP-VwwwmU2K-tKn0cVCAE4/edit?usp=sharing)

    Specifically:

    • 5 recorded user interviews (5/5 DONE)

    • 3 designs for the meal plan user flow (3/3 DONE)

    • 1 paper prototype + 3 user tests (3/3 DONE)

    • Build code prototype (1/1 DONE)

    • Deploy code prototype (1/1 DONE)

    Yesterday

    鉁 Conducted last paper prototype user test! (3/3)

    鉁 Built a code prototype that is so barebones that I'm embarrassed about it, but you know what they say about MVPs, so I count this as a success (1/1)

    鉁 Deployed code prototype on Github pages. Was definitely considering not linking it since its in such an early, unrefined stage, but to hell with that :P Here's the link: https://pcattori.github.io/ (1/1)

    鉁 Completed my self-contract on time!

    Today

    Kudos: @csallen for the honest, hard-hitting feedback :) that's exactly the reason I decided to start posting status updates on IH.

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