October 30, 2019

First day after soft launch - 83 signups!

Paul Grimes @ok200paul

It was a crazy first day at Elevator (https://tryelevator.com) - we pushed the platform idea and landing pages out to all of our networks and social, and managed to gather up 87 waiting list signups, which is great!

Got a few trolls on social media, but if you have haters, you're going in the right direction, right?

A few people in our network shared the site out on LinkedIn, which drove a few signups. It's funny how we believe "everyone will love this idea" and when we push it out, it gets a luke-warm response..!

Has anyone on IH had this experience?

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    I've launched many products; some with multi millions in investment backing and some with absolutely nothing. The only thing that's consistent is that nothing launches to a fanfare.

    The biggest day of your year is just another day for everyone else, and your product is just another product on the sea of them that launched that day.

    It sucks... but it separates the serious players from the dreamers in my opinion. Only with hard work, persistence, patience and tenacity do real businesses grow.

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      Thanks @Primer - these are solid words of both encouragement and resolve! This will definitely be a marathon. Paul.

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        You're welcome. I love the concept of Elevator. Actually quite excited about it, please let me know if I can help in any way.

        I'm not on linked in... I find it to be a total cesspool, so I think you've come up with something genuinely novel here. Congrats.

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          So good to see someone “get it”! We think we’re on to something. As soon as we’ve proved locally, I’ll drop you a line - thanks!

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    Interesting. How do you prevent people from signing up with bogus profiles just to get paid by these companies?

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      Good question. We've workshopped this heavily. A couple of aspects:

      • We'd initially catch this based on duplicated payment info should anyone create (say) 3 accounts with the same payment info
      • We're implementing machine learning to identify similarity between profiles
      • Social proofing (feedback systems) will help to mitigate this.

      I'm of the opinion that if someone sets up 2 profiles that aren't identical, with different payment details, I'd be happy allowing that - some people are programmers AND graphic designers (for example). So long as the connection was valuable to the company paying for it!

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    Hi, congrats for your successful soft launch. Just out of curiosity, how big is your direct network? I mean approx. total number of followers and people you and your team can reach? It's like a few hundreds, thousands?

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      Hey @mfarajewicz, thanks! Not a large direct audience in our reach right now. Possibly over a thousand. We’re doing some digital marketing locally to try to drum up some interest.

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        Not so bad, most of IndieHackers have way smaller network. Just wondering about this network factor in pre-launch..how big part of a successful launch is a number of people you can reach vs product itself.

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    Looks good. Just 1 thing... you appear to have your dev stripe key on your site... you might want to change that when the cash starts rolling in ;)

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      Ah good catch, thanks @smythe! We're not processing payments just yet, but the application is referencing the keys - they're intentionally test for now, to 100% avoid any mishaps :) Will definitely change once ready!

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    Hey Paul, I like it.

    It’s an idea I’ve had simmering away in the back of my mind for about 6 years or more, but haven’t really felt passionate about pursuing it at all. That said, I’m particularly interested in how this may tie into remote opportunities more than anything else.

    Keen to see how it goes. Good luck!

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      Thanks Shaun. It almost seems like a no-brainer to me, I’ve been kicking the idea around for a couple of years myself, then with the improvements in payment technologies, APIs etc I decided to make a dash for it this year.

      The main reason I’m building it is from annoyances I’ve personally had trying to recruit for smaller companies. It shouldn’t be this hard. Or expensive.

      The remote part is really important to me for it, I still think companies tend to shy away from remote, so it’ll factor a lot into what we’re building. Thanks for the response!

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    I'm 84th in the queue! 😀

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      Nice! Thanks!

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      Cheers for the feedback - unfortunately we can’t (and won’t) change who we are, but I can assure you the team I’m working with (that’s Simon in the vid) are genuine, great people!

      Also, just to be clear, Elevator is not about directly getting jobs; it’s about elevating people’s income from companies looking to connect with them (only - not place them or anything like that) 🙂

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          Thanks for clarifying Alex - agreed that appearance influences perception. We spent a good bit of personal cash on the vids so we can’t reshoot anything for now. However we are definitely looking at different video message formats. Lots of work to do to refine the conveyance of the idea.

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      I think this is a pretty crazy statement in 2019.

      Why do tattoos and gold watches not fit with someone looking to get a job?

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          If I can just be clear - i am very ANTI "social justice warrior / PC" nonsense.

          The reason I think your comment is crazy is because I myself have a pretty senior job in a huge multi billion pound corporation.

          My basic salary is more than most doctors and mid level lawyers (i make that point not to be vulgar but back up why i think your view is crazy in 2019) but I myself have a scruffy beard, tattoos and NEVER wear formal dress such as a shirt and tie. Most days I wear some combo of jeans and a t-shirt or a casual shirt. My appearance / tattoos have never affected my career, never affected how i'm perceived at interviews... nothing.

          I sit regularly in board meetings with folk in expensive suits and shiny shoes and the fact that I am in jeans and a shirt with my tattoos showing and 3 days stubble is absolutely never EVER a factor.

          We're allowed to have different opinions, that's fine (and healthy) I'm just shocked that there is any association with how someone looks and anything to do with career / employment. I didn't even register how the guy in the video looked until after your comment. I had to go back and watch again. I only took note of what he was saying.

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              Well fair enough. We disagree. I hope we can still be friends.

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