September 23, 2019

Finished coding the first MVP

Graham Lea @GrahamLea

38 days ago I wrote the first line of code for what will soon become Archium. Today I wrote the last line of the first MVP.

A couple of weeks into coding, I had an epiphany that I could do a much smaller MVP that what I'd originally planned. So, instead of building the first dodgy version of the product, I've built a slightly different but related product. It's much smaller and much simpler. It only provides a small slice of the value that I eventually hope to deliver, but it's taken me much less time. Rather than the SaaS product that I eventually want to make available, this is software that allows me to provide a semi-automated, one-time service, so instead of asking people to sign up to a subscription I'm just asking them to purchase something once.

This MVP is all about going from "People have told me they'll give me money if I help them solve this problem" to "People have actually given me a small amount of money for solving a small part of this problem".

While the coding is done, there's still a fair bit of work to be done before making the MVP ready to offer to people: sign-up forms, email templates, analytics, marketing plans. All stuff that's not (yet) in any of my areas of expertise.

Feeling excited now to push this across the line and into the world.

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