March 15, 2019

should i make this in the next 48 hours?

i had an idea an 90 min ago to build a site where you can get feedback on your ideas/MVPs and grow your prelaunch mailing list. wireframe link below.

would you use this? if i get 20 sign ups i'll build it in the next 48 hours.

if you wouldn't use it, tell me why in a comment.

sign up: http://www.shouldimakethis.com

wireframes: https://xd.adobe.com/view/13acdc2f-4c9c-4c80-72d5-c776ef8b3832-659d/

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    I wouldn't. What audience one can get on such type of platform? Definitely not a target audience for one's product. Not a good idea to test your idea on a wrong audience.

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      Definitely fair point, but isn't that an argument against ProductHunt as well? It's not a targeted list, but still is wildly helpful in getting the word out there about a product launch.

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        getting the word - yes (as producthunt is big), validating your idea - no as well I guess

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    Interesting concept for the makers out there. I think it would be pretty cool to have a place to test ideas and idea validation in a more concise forum. I'll signup.

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    Yep I think it's a useful idea.

    You could also make it multi-stage - eg. if someone get's a lot of interest, commits to building it, they can flag the concept as in progress, or even recruit beta testers, announce launches etc from within the platform.

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      Great idea! I built it yesterday–still more to do, but check it out. http://www.shouldimakethis.com

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        Nice work smashing it out over the weekend. That's an achievement.

        Getting a server error atm trying to access though:

        We're sorry, but something went wrong.

        If you are the application owner check the logs for more information

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    it's intresting... i think good idea

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    I wouldn't because I value the intersection of "sounds bad" and "is good".

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      I don't fully understand. Can you elaborate?

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        http://www.paulgraham.com/swan.html

        That's made harder by the fact that the best startup ideas seem at first like bad ideas. I've written about this before: if a good idea were obviously good, someone else would already have done it. So the most successful founders tend to work on ideas that few beside them realize are good. Which is not that far from a description of insanity, till you reach the point where you see results.

        http://www.paulgraham.com/startupideas.html

        Why do so many founders build things no one wants? Because they begin by trying to think of startup ideas. That m.o. is doubly dangerous: it doesn't merely yield few good ideas; it yields bad ideas that sound plausible enough to fool you into working on them.

        At YC we call these "made-up" or "sitcom" startup ideas. Imagine one of the characters on a TV show was starting a startup. The writers would have to invent something for it to do. But coming up with good startup ideas is hard. It's not something you can do for the asking. So (unless they got amazingly lucky) the writers would come up with an idea that sounded plausible, but was actually bad.

        Both essays are worth reading closely.

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