So bright-eyed and bushy-tailed I thought if I took my product experience and built a video editor there would be tremendous value in that.
The idea is to bring a video editor to the browser. I quit my job and after working 100 hour weeks for 8 months I have built what I think to be an innovative product https://storycreatorapp.com/
I have objectively studied competitors and think I have a solid tool. However, I am massively struggling to get users. I had my first customer last week, who just asked for a refund today :( - very sad.
It's tough putting your heart and soul into something to realize it just might have been a waste of time. Optimistically I know throughout this journey I have learned something. I am not sure if I should give up.
I built a timeline to separate myself and now I have seen a competitor copy my feature. They already had thousands of users and paying customers. My tool does everything theirs does but I have 0 customers. I've tried reaching out to some of their users but they basically tell me to fuck off.
It's a bit of a sob story I know. But at this point, I am just asking for help from wherever I can get it.
A few things I like to accomplish in this post is, one venting a bit, but two learning where my blindsides are and what I am doing wrong. I would love if someone checked out the product https://storycreatorapp.com/ it's completely free and let me know if I have built something shitty or not. Maybe I am delusional in thinking it's good.
What can I objectively do to improve and start getting some customers? I just read https://wavve.co/ is making $72k MRR. This product just takes an image and audio and makes a video. I have premium audio visualizers https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/storycreator.rendered/ck8ary0l11a4b0145odp06dic and subtitles within an elegant timeline. NOBODY has that. But I am still losing. I am definitely missing something.
I have loading bars with gradients. NOBODY has that feature. Guess what, in two months they will copy me and if I don't ask you lovely folks what I can do to turn it around they will copy and I will still be at 0.
So please as a solo founder, losing all my money and sanity what are some practical things I can do before I go under?
I would really appreciate some support. Would be happy to help you make some cool videos for free in return :)