March 27, 2019

Validating a product idea: ‘DeskGuru’ a team wellness app for Slack (Seeking Feedback)

Olly Thomas @mrT

Hey Indie Hackers!

My names Olly, a UX/UI designer from the UK. I’m currently in the process of validating a product idea and I thought you guys would be the perfect people to run this by and get your feedback. I’ve been a longtime Indiehackers fan, so it means a lot that I can finally share something with you. 🙌

I’ve been working on DeskGuru, a team wellness app for Slack. It’s designed to build happy, healthy and mindful teams by delivering simple and accessible meditation, stretching and wellness routines straight to Slack. I want it to be your Slack integration to a healthier work-life balance. I’m not a hippy type but I have found working in small daily habits such as a quick mindfulness meditation before I start work, taking well timed breaks and keeping active during the day has really helped me focus, increase productivity and feel healthier in general.

So why did I think this was needed? Over the last few years I’ve noticed that the wellness of a team is becoming more and more important to employers, especially as we are shifting toward a remote, working from home culture. It’s easy to forget to keep mentally and physically healthy when working alone at home. There’s no one there to remind you to take a break, get up and stretch or go home at the end of the day. I wanted to create something that could be accessible to a team which wasn’t cheesy or ‘hippy’ whilst keeping it super lightweight and customisable to everyones preferences.

You can check it out the landing page here-

So, what do you think? Is this something you think is needed for you or a team? Can you see yourself using this to help improve your mental and physical health on a day-to-day basis? I would love to hear your feedback, thoughts, fears, stand-out-bits and anything in between. It’s currently in a very early stage so any feedback would be really valuable. Oh yeah, and if you’re into it please sign up with your email and I can keep you up to date with my progress!

Kindest thanks,

Ps. If you really dig it you can support my bootstrapping efforts and pre-order a years subscription now for half price! Find it at the bottom of the homepage ❤️

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    I like the idea :) I'd love to see a free/cheap version too for community type Slacks.

    1. 1

      Hey Rosie, thanks for the feedback and certainly something I will look into!
      P.s. I noticed we're both from Brighton :)

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        Yeah, I see you worked at ribot. I know Antony from years back :)

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          Excellent! Yes I was with them for a good while :) Small world!

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